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Uzodinma Begins Victory Sojourn As Court Strikes Out RAP’s Suit, Petition Against Agugua

Governor Hope Uzodinma appears to have started victory journey to solidify the on-going tenure.

This followed the striking out of an arm of the much talked about RAP’s suit seeking the removal of Governor Uzodinma last Wednesday struck by Federal High Court Abuja.

Justice Evelyn Maham upheld the decision of INEC which said that RAP with DPP was amongst the political parties de-registered in the 2019 elections.

In the same manner, the Imo State Government choice of Justice Agugua for the position of the Chief Judge appears to be nearing completion following striking out of the petition against her by the Federal High Court in Owerri.

Suit against Governor Uzodinma by the Reform Advance Political party may suffer set back following the decision of the Federal High Court Abuja Division last Wednesday.

Abuja Division of the Federal High Court had the last Wednesday struck out the said petition on the grounds that the said political party, RAP was de-registered by INEC.

The court while striking out the petition under Order 19 Rule 14 of the Federal High Court (Civil Procedural Rules 2019) awarded N300,000,00 in favour of the Defendants against the plaintiff

Court further awarded N10,000.000.00 in favour of second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth defendants jointly against plaintiff.

RAP as a political party has gone to the Federal High court  Abuja to challenge the candidature of Uzodinma in the 2019 APC Governorship primaries.

The suit which was adjourned to September 29th for hearing had PDP joined as an interested party.

With the said suit which is ongoing, people have reacted differently particularly lawyers.

A professor of Law in Imo state, prof Nnamdi Obiareri, and a constitutional lawyer, Dr. Ikenna Ihezuo had before now described the ongoing suit as dead on arrival.

According to the duo, the supreme court which is the apex court had earlier decided the issue when they declared Uzodinma as the true winner of the 2019 Governorship election in Imo State.

Meanwhile, Acting chief judge of Imo state, justice Ijeoma Agugua may laugh last as federal High court Owerri division has cleared all hurdles preventing her from being recommended as the substantive Chief Judge of the State by the National Judicial Council (NJC).

Owerri Federal High Court presided over by justice TG Ringim in suit number, FHC/OW/CS/84/2020 struck out a petition by Hon Justice Brown Amadi, which hitherto, prayed the court amongst Others to stop NJC, from recommending the said Agugua for the Chief Judge of the Imo State for lack of merit.

With the instant judgement, the National Judicial Council has no other impediment to recommend the said Agugua except if the plaintiff, appeals the federal High Court Judgement.

Imo State Government under the leadership of Uzodinma had a few months ago confirmed the appointment of Agugua as the acting Chief Judge of the state but she was not allowed to be made substantive Chief Judge following the petition before the court and NJC. Information to Lead revealed that Justice Agugua was a, senior to the immediate retired Chief Judge of the state justice paschal Nnadi but she was not allowed to occupy the seat following the political interest of the Powers That Be at the said time

Speaking with the Weekend Lead, one of the Chieftains of the APC and close ally to Governor Uzodinma Nze Chinasa Nwaneri who could not hide his joy over the two judgments said that Uzodinma’s political battle has always been fought by God.

Nwaneri who made it clear that Uzodinma would surprise Imo with good governance enjoined Imo people to be patient with the administration.

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