All hope is not lost for the Reform and Advancement Party (RAP) and its candidate in the March 2019 governorship election in Imo State, Barrister Kingdom Okere in their quest to remove from office, the Executive Governor of Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodinma through legal action.
Recently, RAP and Barrister Kingdom Okere had approached the Federal High Court in Abuja for a legal interpretation of the Supreme Court Judgment that declared Ugwumba Uche Nwosu as the duly nominated candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Imo State Governorship Election of March 2019.
Following the institution of the suit by RAP, many thought that it was one of those political distractions as a RAP as a political party was already deregistered by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
However, the Appeal Court’s judgment which nullified the deregistration of RAP and some other political parties in Nigeria has given the Party and its candidate in the 2019 governorship election a boost in their quest to remove the Senator Hope Uzodinma led government in the State.
This could be a source of concern for the Governor as the suit is predicated on the earlier judgment which he lost to Ugwumba Uche Nwosu as the duly nominated candidate of the APC.
The Governor who was declared the winner by the Supreme Court on the assumption he contested the election under the platform of the APC and had scored the highest number of valid votes will be back to the Court Room again on the 29th of September, 2020 when the court has fixed to reconvene to hear the suit. Although the Governor appears not to be ordered, RAP’s victory against INEC should be a source of concern to him.