By Angela Nkwo-Akpolu, Owerri
Imo State Governorship candidate of Action Alliance, Chief Uche Nwosu on Monday, suffered a setback as his party announced support for his petition against the election of Governor Emeka Ihedioha voted on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Counsel to AA, Chief Okey Ehieze had told the court that the party was a member of Conference of Political Parties (CUPP) and signed an agreement not to contest the election of any signatory to the accord.
Justice Mattew Adewara, while granting the prayer of the second petitioner, Action Alliance, picked holes with the action of the petitioner, who filed the petition without the party’s consent.
Addressing newsmen after the ruling, Chief Ehieze said “I was instructed in writing by the national leadership of the party to withdraw the name of the party from the petition on two grounds. This is because the party was not consulted before the first petitioner, Uche Nwosu used its name to file the petition”.
Further, he said “You will recall that the party (AA) is part of an alliance with other political parties under the umbrella of CUPP, that came together to say that once anyone is elected into office, we will not challenge it. But contrary to that, the name of the party was used file a suit that the party was not consulted. The decision is in consonance with the party’s decision to pursue the part of peace for the progress and prosperity of Imo people”, he held.
Though the petition still stands before the tribunal, but it lacks the backing of Action Alliance.
The ruling has been commended by different persons in the State amongst who is the Governorship candidate of Reacting to the ruling, governorship candidate of Independent Democrats (ID), Rt. Hon. Ike Ibe described it as as a well come development and called on those still pursuing litigations against Ihedioha to have a rethink.