By Enyim Enyim

ONITSHA—The governorship candidate of the African Liberation Party, ALP, Mr Imoyeto Ikeotuonye, who was allegedly wrongly substituted with one Mr Mike Nwafor, has dragged the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, before a Federal High Court sitting in Awka, Anambra State.

He is seeking the stoppage of the scheduled 6 February   2010, governorship election in the state.
Joined in the suit, which is before Justice D.C. Okorowo,  are the African Liberation Party and Mr. Mike Nwafor,  whose name was allegedly used to replace Ikeotuonye on the final list published by INEC.

In the suit, Ikeotuonye through his lawyer, Mr Ibe Ikwechegh is praying the court to grant an order of perpetual injunction, restraining INEC from conducting the 2010 governorship election till the final determination of the substantive suit.

Ikeotuonye told Vanguard on the court’s premises, that  INEC and ALP had been served with the court papers, but that Nwafor has not been served, alleging that he was dodging being served with the court processes.

Ikeotuonye is contending in the suit that it is only a court of law as provided in section 32(3), by an order that can disqualify a duly nominated candidate of a political party,  whose name and particulars had been published in accordance with section 32(5) of the Electoral law Act of 2006.

He is further praying the court for an order of perpetual injunction,  restraining the defendants, jointly and severally by themselves, their privies, their agents or assigns from changing or substituting his name  as the Anambra State African Liberation Party governorship candidate for the February 2010 election, unless or until cogent and verifiable reasons are given as required under section 34(2) of the Electoral Act.

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