Court hears suit seeking Uzodinma’s sack, adjourns case until July 20

Hope Uzodimma, governor of Imo State
Tochi Juliet

The Federal High Court, Abuja, has heard the argument on a suit filed by the Reform and Advancement Party (RAP) and its candidate, Okere Kingdom asking the court to restrain Gov. Hope Uzodinma from acting as Imo governor.

On Wednesday, Kingdom told the court that he applied for an abridged time within which the defendants would file their responses, NAN reports.

Under the rule of law, the defendants have 30 days to respond, but the plaintiff told the court that he made the application for the court to abridge the time due to the urgency of the matter.

The applicant, also a lawyer, maintained that the matter was of constitutional importance.

He argued that Uzodinma was occupying the seat of Imo governor illegally, having not participated in the 2019 election as a candidate of any political party.

All the defendants objected to the application on the grounds that they needed the time given by the constitution to respond.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) counsel, Alhassan Umar, SAN, told the court the defendants needed to take sufficient time as allocated by the law to respond.

He argued that the plaintiff could not take the required time to file his processes only to ask the court to abridge the time for the respondents.

Justice Okon Abang adjourned the matter until July 20 to hear the application.

RAP and Kingdom are seeking judicial interpretation on whether the All Progressives Congress (APC) indeed sponsored Uzodinma for the election.

The suit was predicated on the judgment of the Supreme Court which affirmed Uche Nwosu as the duly nominated 2019 Imo governorship candidate of the APC.

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