Abia game of thrones deepens as third contender emerge

A legal floodgate has been let loose in Abia state as a third petitioner has filed a suit seeking to be declared as the rightful governor of the state.

The third petitioner, Friday Nwosu, who vied for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship ticket in 2014, has filed a law suit contesting the decision of a Federal High Court which declared Ogah as governor-elect.

In his suit, Nwosu is praying the court to declare him the governor of the state as Uche Ogah had refused to sign the PDP primary result sheet.

In a suit filed before a Federal High Court sitting in Owerri, Nwosu named the PDP, Ogah, the state governor Okezie Ikpeazu and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as co-defendants.

He prayed the court to: “An order setting aside the declaration of the 1st  respondent, Uche Ogah, as the elected governor of Abia State as declared by the trial court, an order that the 1st respondent is stopped from claiming any right or benefit from the 2nd respondent’s (PDP) gubernatorial primary election of 8/12/2014 in Abia State having waived his right to do so; an order striking out the 1st  respondent’s (Uche Ogah)’s suit on the ground that it constitutes an abuse of court process; an order that the suit of 1st  respondent i.e. (Suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/71/2016)  is incompetent and the trial court lacks the jurisdiction to hear and determine the suit.”

Nwosu also posited that, “The judgment is in error and cannot stand judicial scrutiny. Dr. Uche Ogah should not be allowed to benefit from an exercise he totally condemned by refusing to sign the result and petitioning the party to conduct another primary election. He should wait for the rerun of the PDP primary which he prayed for in his petition to the party. In the eyes of the law, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu and Sir Friday Nwosu  were the only candidates who ran for the party primary. Since Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu has been disqualified, I remain the lawful candidate of the PDP and ought to be declared governor.”

The case was fixed for hearing on Monday and Tuesday for hearings.

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