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2023: Court Affirms Ikenga As PDP Candidate For Ideato North, South Federal Constituency


…Judgment Victory For Democracy, Rule Of Law, End To Impunity – Ikenga

Abuja (Sundiata Post) – The Federal High Court sitting in Owerri has declared Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere as the validly nominated candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for Ideato North and South Federal Constituency election in Imo State.

This is even as Ikenga described the judgment as victory for democracy and rule of law and an end to impunity and arbitrary use of power.

In a Suit challenging his declaration as the winner of the Primary election, his challenger Mr. George Igbo, had approached the Court claiming that the election Ikenga won was held at the Aladimma Mall in Owerri outside the Federal Constituency, while he emerged from another purported primary election held at the Urualla Town Hall in the Federal Constituency.

After hearing, Hon. Justice Mabel Segun-Bello held that the election venue having been applied for by the PDP to hold in Owerri due to the known security reasons in Imo State and the venue having been approved by the Electoral Commission, the venue remained valid.

The Court also found that there could not have been another Primary held in Ideato since video evidence shown in the Court proved that the official, who purportedly conducted the alleged Ideato primary election was at the Owerri venue, adding that the same person could not have been at two different venues at the same time.

The Court further found that while Ikenga and PDP brought forward massive affidavit evidence deposed to by the delegates to show that they all participated in the Owerri primaries, Mr. Igbo did not bring any evidence to show the delegates that participated in his own purported election

This judicial victory, it was noted has also rendered the suit filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) against Ikenga on the same issue of venue of the primary as a mere academic exercise as Courts of coordinate jurisdiction cannot over rule one another.

Meanwhile, Akokwa youths have started plans for a grand reception for Ikenga following his unbroken winning streak since this election stated.

They said this is the fifth victory he has recorded against his adversaries.

The judicial victories include his victory over his purported disqualification, victory over the attempt to tamper with the delegates list, landslide victory at the primary election, victory over the attempt to swap his name with the name of another person after the election and this one over the challenge on the venue of the election.

The Akokwa youths wondered why the APC would be interested in nullifying only the election of Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere when the entire legislative primary elections of Imo State held at the same venue and at the same time.

Speaking with journalists at the end of the landmark judgment, Ikenga said that the judgment is a victory for democracy and rule of law and an end to impunity and arbitrary use of power.

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