An Owerri Excessive Courtroom has dismissed a lawsuit filed by former Nationwide President of the Grand Progressive Alliance (APGA) Victor Oye, searching for to oust Chukwuma Umeoji from the get together’s candidate within the Anambra authorities election.
The court docket additionally rejected Oye’s request to ship the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) to take away Umeoji’s identify from its printed doc and exchange it with that of Charles Soludo.
Rendering the decision, Presidential Decide Victoria C. Isiguzo additionally insisted that her earlier verdict declaring Jude Okeke as APGA Nationwide President stays legitimate.
Isiguzo additionally determined that INEC ought to proceed to just accept, acknowledge and perceive Umeoji’s identify in all electoral processes for the Anambra guber elections, except in any other case dominated by a Courtroom of Attraction.
Nevertheless, the choose granted Oye permission to attraction in opposition to the judgment however refused his request for suspension of the execution of the judgment.
“This authorization is hereby granted to the applicant to attraction as an get together in opposition to the judgment / orders of this Honorable Courtroom (Coram, BC Iheka, J.) issued on July 28, 2021 in continuing No. HOW / 543/2021 ; Chike Dike V. INEC & 2 golds at a Courtroom of Attraction.
“Prayer 2 for the keep of the execution of the judgment issued on July 28, 2021 is rejected. The Judgment of this court docket in case No. HOW / 543/2021 continues to be subsisting and binding,” a part of the judgment says.
“The judgment being a ultimate judgment stays legitimate, it exists, till annulled by an appellate court docket.”
Chatting with reporters shortly after the choice, one among Okeke’s prime advisers, Asika Ilobi stated: “This determination was a sequel to an software for suspension of execution and go away of attraction filed by Chief Victor Oye the place the court docket he allowed them to attraction however refused to grant the keep order of execution however as a substitute proceeded to reaffirm his earlier judgment.
“The Courtroom has expressly said that INEC can not evade its obligation to respect the Order of the Courtroom declaring Umeoji a candidate and due to this fact has a authorized obligation to proceed to hold out, obey and respect the prevailing, legitimate and subsisting Judgment of this Courtroom On 28 July 2021 he declared candidate Umeoji and ordered INEC to proceed to acknowledge him and Jude Okeke pending the willpower of the attraction filed by Victor Oye to the Owerri Courtroom of Attraction ”.
“So, in line with in the present day’s determination, INEC is straight prevented from making an attempt to take away the identify of Mr Chukwuma Umeoji as APGA candidate from his record as rumor that he was beneath strain to take action. ”
For his half, APGA Imo State President John Iwuala, who spoke for Oye, expressed optimism in getting a positive determination to the Courtroom of Attraction.