By Chinonso Alozie
Owerri—A Federal High Court sitting in Owerri yesterday, sacked the Imo State governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, Okey Ezeh.
The court presided over by Justice Tijjani Ringim, also requested that Ezeh’s name should be replaced with Casmir Anyanwu.
Ringim said that according to credible evidences before the court, at the time the primary of SDP was held, Ezeh could not have been a member of the party.
He added that in line with Section 133(2) of the Evidence Act, the plaintiff (Anyanwu) was the winner of the said primary election conducted October 6, 2018.
Part of his orders read that, “Ezeh’s name be replaced with that of the plaintiff and to submit same to the INEC in line with Section 87(4b) of the constitution.”
It should be recalled that Anyanwu had gone to court to challenge the reason behind the removal of his name by the party as the governorship candidate in Imo State.
He claimed that, “he got 855 votes out of 1,409 cast to defeat other aspirants.”
Reacting, Okey Ezeh through his Director of Media and Publicity, Collins Opuruzo, said: “We are aware that a Federal High Court in Owerri sat on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 and made a careless pronouncement about the SDP governorship ticket in Imo State, a ruling which cannot stand the test of appeal.”
“This is yet in furtherance of the futile attempts by some real enemies of Imo State to stop the inevitable victory of Sir Okey Ezeh, the governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party.
“Meanwhile, there can be no basis whatsoever for any court of competent jurisdiction to give judgement against Sir Okey Ezeh, who was validly nominated as the gubernatorial standard bearer of the party.
“The pronouncement by the court is certainly the peak of judicial absurdity. The right actions to commit same into a legal dung pit, where it sincerely belongs, have already begun.
“We urge our numerous supporters to remain steadfast and unperturbed, being aware that the victory of Sir Okey Ezeh come March 9 has been signed, sealed and delivered.”