One year to the build up to the 2023 elections, Imo North is yet to produce a senator to replace their late Senator, Benjamin Uwajumogu.
This is seen as Governor Uzodinma and Senator Araraume have surrendered their battle over the APC candidate for the said election to the Supreme Court which is yet to fix a date to hear the suit following controversies over the APC primaries.
Uwajumogu who died on the 18th December 2018 was buried early 2020 yet the zone has stayed without a senator.
Senator Araraume, one of the contestants to the APC primaries had dragged Ibezim to court, challenging his declaration by INEC as the candidate of the party.
Few days to the APC primaries, the High Court upturned the candidature of Ibezim and replaced him with Araraume.
In same vain, Ibezim appealed against the lower Court’s judgment and at the Court of Appeal which Araraume appealed against at the Supreme Court.
At the time of filling this report, the Supreme Court has not fixed date to hear the suit between the duo of Araraume and Ibezim.
Some of the stakeholders in the zone have not ceased to regret the non representation of the zone at the Senate getting to two years after the death of the former Senator, Benjamin Uwajumogu, an act which they described as a set back to the zone.
The situation is more worrisome as INEC has already fixed October 2022 for the primaries ahead of 2023 elections.
The implications of Okigwe having no Representative as its senator include that as the matters are still pending in courts, the tenure of any person that finally gets in as a senator drastically reducing and that would also affect the entire Okigwe Zone and Imo State in general.