… Disowns Ibezim’s Candidature
… Araraume Makes New List
Finally, Independent National Electoral Commission has fixed December 5, 2020, for the much-awaited Okigwe senatorial bye-election.
This is even as the commission has replaced Frank Ibezim with senator Araraume as the APC candidate for the election.
Araraume had dragged frank Ibezim to court, praying amongst others for the court to interpret who amongst the duo, that was supposed to be declared the winner of the APC primaries held a few months ago in Okigwe.
Federal High Court last week, gave judgement in favour of Araraume.
Same court further charged INEC to with immediate effect, substitute Ibezim’s name with that of Araraume as the candidate of the APC.
APC primaries for Okigwe bye-election was fraught with irregularities following declaration of two persons as winners of the polls by the APC primary electoral committee that conducted the said election.
While the chairman of the APC electoral chairman declared Ibezim winner of the polls, the secretary of the committee amongst others declared Araraume winner.
This, however, led Ararume amongst other Aspirants to proceed to court in search of redress.
Meanwhile, INEC in adherence to the Court’s judgement has substituted Ibezim with Araraume as the candidate of the party.
In a release signed by the INEC Secretary, Rose Oriran and made available to Lead, Araraume’s name was contained as the APC candidate for the polls.