The Labour Party (LP) in Imo State has said that Sen. Athan Achonu’s candidature for the November 11 governorship election in Imo has not been voided by any Court.
This is contained in a release signed by the Party’s Chairman in Imo, Mr Calistus Ihejiagwa and made available to newsmen in Owerri on Friday.
Ihejiagwa, while reacting to reports in some sections of the media that Achonu had, on Friday, been sacked by an Appeal Court sitting in Owerri, described the words as “deceitful and mischievous” and maintained that Achonu remained the party’s candidate.
He said that Mr Basil Maduka, a party member, had approached a Federal High Court sitting in Yenagoa, asking the Court to replace Achonu with Chief Joseph Ukaegbu, another party member.
Ihejiagwa said that on June 23, the Court presided over by Justice B.O. Quadri, dismissed the suit for lack of merit and ruled that the Court lacked the jurisdiction to preside over the matter.
Achonu remains our governorship candidate in Imo, says LP.
The Court ruled that Ukaegbu did not participate in the party’s primary election, and, as such, “lacked the locus standi to institute the action”.
On Friday, he also said that the Appeal Court only reemphasized the implication of lack of jurisdiction in a motion for leave to appeal as an interested party, filed by Achonu, stating that it lacked necessary jurisdiction just as the Federal High Court also held.
He urged public members to disregard the reports of Achonu’s purported sack by the Court, describing the reports as “dirty politics and misrepresentation of Court”.
“Sen. Athan Achonu is and remains the valid governorship candidate of our great party, LP.
“All peddlers of propaganda against our party, misinterpreters of Court and detractors have failed,” he said
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