By G9ija

An order stopping Governor Rochas Okorocha from parading himself as APC senatorial candidate in Imo state has been filed in court.

The suit was filed by a former national organising secretary of APC, Chief Osita Izunaso.

The suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/1107/2018, was jointly filed by Izunaso, Honourable Oliver Okafor and Barrister Thaddeus Asoegwu (as plaintiffs) A former national organising secretary of All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Osita Izunaso, has approached a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja seeking an order stopping Governor Rochas Okorocha from parading himself as the party’s candidate for Imo west senatorial district in the 2019 general elections.

The suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/1107/2018, was jointly filed by Izunaso, Honourable Oliver Okafor and Barrister Thaddeus Asoegwu (as plaintiffs) while defendants are the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), APC and Okorocha, who are 1st, 2nd and 3rd defendants respectively.

Izunaso and the two other plaintiffs, by the suit, want a declaration that the 1st defendant (INEC) has a duty not to recognise or deal with the 3rd defendant (Okorocha) as the 2nd defendant’s candidate for the Imo west senatorial district in the 2019 general elections.

They want a declaration that the 2nd defendant (APC) has a duty not to present or hold out Okorocha (3rd defendant) as its candidate for the 2019 general elections for Imo west (Orlu zone) senatorial district.

The plaintiffs are also praying for a declaration that the declaration and return of Okorocha by the APC as its candidate for the Imo west senatorial district in the 2019 general elections is unlawful, null and void. In addition, the plaintiffs are seeking an order of court “prohibiting the 2nd defendant (APC) from presenting or holding out the 3rd defendant (Okorocha) or any other person whatsoever as its candidate for the 2019 general elections for Imo west (Orlu Zone) senatorial district.”

More so, they are praying for an order directing the 2nd defendant under, the supervision of the 1st defendant to reorganise a fresh primary election for the Imo west senatorial district of the Imo State to elect the candidate of the 2nd defendant for the 2019 election.

The plaintiffs want the court to determine whether having directed the use of direct primaries in Imo, it is lawful for the APC to exclude the 2nd and 3rd plaintiffs from casting their votes for the aspirant of their choice in the senatorial primary election of the APC.

The matter, which is before Justice Binta Nyako, has been adjourned to Thursday, November 22, for hearing.

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