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Imo APC:Hope Uzodinma and Uche Nwosu court battle continues
The Battle between Mr. Uche Nwosu and Hope Uzordinma Imo APC rages on as a Federal High Court in FCT (Bwari) has declined to substitute Nwosu’s name as pleaded by Hope Uzodinma.
Recall that Nwosu won the primary conducted by APC approved panel while Uzodibma was proclaimed the winner of the primary conducted by a faction of the party.
Justice Othman Musa adjourned to October 23 for the APC and INEC to show why reliefs sought by Uzodinma ex-parte, which the court heard on October 9, but declined to grant, should not be granted.
The relief included an order directing the APC to forward his name Hope Uzodinma as the APC governorship candidate for IMO state and it also includes an order restraining the INEC from the process of publishing any other person name except Hope Uzodinma as the governorship candidate come 2019.
In his ruling, the judge directed that both parties amend their documents to reflect the names of those involved. He also directed that all essential documents be filed before October 23.
Meanwhile, Nwosu also sought to compel APC and INEC to accept him as the party’s governorship candidate. Kehinde Ogunwumiju (SAN) who represents Nwosu said that the Chief judge of the FCT high court Justice Ishaq Bello consolidated his request to avoid conflicting judgments, because the cases are on the same issue. Ogunwumiju said his client case was earlier before justice Valentine Ashi before justice Bello’s directive.
Justice Musa, after consolidating both suits, also granted Nwosu’s application to be made a party in the suit by Uzodinma. Adeniyi Akintola (SAN) argued the application for Nwosu, which was not opposed by Uzodinma’s lawyer, Joe Agi (SAN).
Justice Musa also granted another application filed by Okere Uzochuwu and Alozie Okechukwu who voted for Owerri Zone candidate st the APC Guber election conducted by Ahmed Gulak led panel.
They argued that they were necessary parties to the case because its outcome would affect them. Their grouse was that the APC’s decision to select its governorship candidate from Orly zone which is where the current Governor is from, violates the constitutional provision of section 14(4) and 224 which direct that political parties must conduct their affairs to reflect equity and fairness among all.
Also in the same sitting, the judge dismissed the application by Chitex ventures limited and China Amuzie whose lawyer, Oluwatosin Ojaomo told the court that Hope Uzodinma was indebted to his clients to the tune of N200million.
Ojaomo noted that there was an arrest warrant issued by an Abuja court against Uzodinma said he (Uzodinma) was planning on using the money to contest for elections.
The lawyer added that a criminal matter had been instituted against Uzodinma for allegedly issuing a dud cheque of N200m to his clients.
The proceedings were held up for about one hour owning to a major disagreement between Akintola and Agi.
At a point, both lawyers were standing and speaking at the same time, thereby occasioning rowdy proceedings.
The hot exchange between the lawyers lasted for some minutes and created a rowdy atmosphere, in the midst of which the judge stood up and went into his chambers.
Other senior lawyers in court, including Damian Dodo, Kenneth Njemanze and Ogunwumiju (all SANs) later intervened and appealed to the feuding lawyers to allow peace to reign.
After successfully reconciling both warring lawyers, the senior lawyers, seven in all, later went to apologize to the judge in his chambers.
When proceedings resumed about one hour later, Dodo apologized to the judge in the open court.
Dodo said: “My Lord, I apologize for the incident that led to the abrupt rising of the court. I undertake that we will not to allow this to happen again.”
The judge accepted the apology and proceeded with the court’s business