The candidate of the Action Alliance in the 2019 Imo governorship election, Uche Nwosu, has withdrawn his appeal at the Supreme Court against the election of Governor Emeka Ihedioha.
Nwosu, who is a son in law to former governor of the state, Rochas Okorocha announced his decision on Tuesday during a court hearing.
The AA candidate, through his lawyer, Solomon Umoh, SAN told a seven-man panel of justices led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad that he was no longer willing to continue the case.
“Based on the judgment of this court in appeal SC. 1384/2019 delivered on December 20, 2019, and subsequently, on my advice to my client, we have decided to withdraw this appeal,” he said.
The court was yet to decide on the governorship appeal before Nwosu moved to withdraw it.
All parties in the case did not object to Nwosu’s application to withdraw his appeal. However, the court then dismissed the case.
The court then went on a two-hour recess to deliver judgment in the appeals filed by Ifeanyi Ararume, APGA governorship candidate in the last election, and Hope Uzodinma, candidate of the APC in the election, challenging Ihedioha’s victory.
Nwosu had won the nomination to contest under the All Progressives Congress (APC), but the internal wrangling within the ruling party made it impossible for him to be presented as the party’s candidate, which necessitated his defection to AA at the last minute.
Concise News had reported that the Federal High Court, Abuja, on Monday, ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to remove the name of Nwosu as a governorship candidate in the last election held in Imo State.
Justice Inyang Ekwo voided Nwosu’s candidacy on the grounds of double nomination by two political parties, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Action Alliance (AA), in violation of section 37 of the Electoral Act.
However, when he was being cross-examined by the Peoples Democratic Party counsel, Ken Njemanze, Nwosu said was never the governorship candidate of the APC in the state.
He added that the judgement of a Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday voiding his nomination as the AA governorship candidate would not stand.
According to Nwosu, he had in his possession a judgment of the Supreme Court which affirmed him as the government candidate of AA in the state.