A 2019 Imo State governorship aspirant, Kingdom Okere and his political party, the Reform and Advancement Party (RAP), on Tuesday, withdrew a suit it filed before the Federal High Court in Abuja challenging the emergence of Hope Uzodinma as Imo Governor.
The Party had contended that Uche Nwosu, a son-in-law of former Governor Rochas Okorocha was the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) by virtue of a December 20, 2019 judgement by the Supreme Court
The plaintiffs had contended in their suit that Uzodinma did not lawfully participate and was not sponsored by the APC to contest the 2019 governorship election in accordance with Section 177 (c) of the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria.
However, a referenced judgment of the apex court had declared that Nwosu was simultaneously sponsored by both the APC and the Action Alliance in violation of the law.
The apex court had also on January 14, 2020, removed Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and declared Uzodinma as the validly elected governor of the state on the platform of APC.
Governor Uzodinma and the Independent National Electoral Commission’s defense lawyers, M.A. Aguma, Idris Yakubu and Hassan Umar (SAN), asked the court to dismiss the suit and fine the plaintiffs.
The Judge, Justice Okon Abang, while dismissing the suit awarded N500,000 against RAP and Okere whose suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/677/2020 was filed June 25, 2020.