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Hon. Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere Challenges Imo State Tribunal's Judgment

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Hon. Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere Challenges Imo State Tribunal's Judgment
Hon. Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere, member representing Ideato North/South Federal Constituency, has raised concerns over the judgment of the Imo State National and State House of Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal. He argues that the removal contradicts the positions of the law and challenges the jurisdiction of the tribunal in hearing the case brought by the All Progressives Congress (APC). Ugochinyere cites the 1999 Constitution and a Supreme Court judgment in support of his argument. He accuses Governor Hope Uzodimma of being behind the verdict and declares his readiness to win the supplementary poll ordered by the tribunal.

Hon. Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere, the member representing Ideato North/South Federal Constituency, has expressed his dissatisfaction with the judgment of the Imo State National and State House of Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal. According to him, the tribunal's decision contradicts established legal positions.

In his reaction to the judgment, Ugochinyere pointed out that Section 285 of the 1999 Constitution classifies the case brought against his nomination by the All Progressives Congress (APC) as a pre-election matter. He argues that such a matter can only be heard and determined by a Federal High Court and not an election petitions tribunal.

Furthermore, Ugochinyere highlights that only a political party has the standing (locus standi) to file a pre-election matter when the dispute on nomination affects its own candidates. He argues that the APC does not have the legal ground to file a suit challenging his nomination, and therefore, the tribunal's verdict is faulty.

The member of the House Committee on Petroleum (Downstream) further supports his argument by referencing a Supreme Court judgment marked SC/CV/501/2023. In this judgment, the apex court describes a political party that challenges the nomination of a candidate from another party as a meddlesome interloper. Ugochinyere claims that the tribunal, contrary to these precedents, based their decision on a faulty petition by the APC candidate, Abazu Chika Benson.

Ugochinyere goes on to allege that the Imo State governor, Hope Uzodimma, orchestrated the tribunal's verdict, which he describes as a "legal coup." He firmly states his readiness to participate in the supplementary poll ordered by the tribunal, expressing confidence in his eventual victory.

"Hope Uzodimma should know that we will never bow. Imo will win, and Ideato will win. Let me make it clear to Hope Uzodimma—the outcome of this House of Representatives election will not define who Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere is," he confidently asserts.

He reaffirms his commitment to the people and emphasizes the love and support he has received from them. Ugochinyere promises to embark on campaign activities in Imo State, highlighting the lack of progress in the past four years and criticizing what he perceives as the mismanagement of public funds by Governor Uzodimma.

In closing, Ugochinyere reminds his audience that setbacks are common, but true heroes triumph in the end. He believes that his ultimate victory will be a result of his dedication to the people and his unwavering faith in God.

The Imo State National and State House of Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal has ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct a supplementary election in the constituency within a 90-day timeframe.

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