Court Affirms Ukaegbu As LP Imo Gubernatorial Candidate
A Federal High Court sitting in Owerri, Imo State has affirmed Chief Ukaegbu Ikechukwu Joseph as the Labour Party, LP Gubernatorial Candidate in 2023 Governorship Election in the State.
Delivering judgement in the case in Owerri, Imo State, Justice B. O
Quadri said the primary election that produced Chief Ukaegbu Ikechukwu Joseph on the 16th of April, 2023 was valid after considering the evidence before him.
According to him, the primary election for the November 11, 2023 Governorship Election for the LP in Imo State was not held on the 15th of April, 2023 as claimed by the Plaintiff, Basil Maduka.
He ruled that the Plaintiff was never an aspirant in the nomination process as he never participated in the Party’s primary election.
Therefore, Justice Quadri stated that the Plaintiff lacked the locus standing to Institute the case against the defendant.
He therefore ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to publish the name of Chief Ukaegbu Ikechukwu Joseph as the authentic Gubernatorial Candidate of Labour Party, LP, for the 2023 Gubernatorial Election in Imo State.
It would be recalled that the Court had earlier confirmed that Julius Abure was suspended by the FCT High Court and any primary or screening as well as any party activities done by him does not exist thereby declaring the Acting National Chairman Lamidi Apapa as the authentic Chairman hence the 16th April 2023 primary is valid, and this confirm the candidate of Ikechukwu Joseph Ukaegbu as authentic candidate of Labor Party in Imo State in November 11, 2023 election.