The Imo Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal has dismissed the petition of Senator Ifeanyi Araraume against the victory of Governor Emeka Ihedioha in a decision taken at Federal Capital Territory High Court, Jabi, Abuja on Saturday, September 20. In fact, Ihedioha dusted off the challenge of three contending political parties and their candidates.
Furthermore, the Tribunal has affirmed the election of Ihedioha as governor of the state.
The Tribunal ruled that Ararume failed to prove that Ihedioha did not meet the requirements to be declared the winner.
The chairman of the tribunal, Justice Umar Dogondaji, in his ruling on Saturday, dismissed the petition of Senator Hope Uzodinma. Uzodinma did not discharge the burden of proof of the allegation that his results were excluded from the final results.
Also, he dismissed the petition of the All Progressives Grand Alliance and its governorship candidate Senator Ifeanyi Ararume. The petition was dismissed for lacking in merit. Further dismissed was that of the candidate of the Action Alliance Party, Mr. Uche Nwosu, for incompetence.
The governorship candidates of the Action Alliance, All Progressives Congress, (APC) and All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), had filed petitions at the tribunal asking it to nullify the election of Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on the ground that he was unlawfully declared as the governor of the state by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The parties alongside their governorship candidates had asked the tribunal to nullify the declaration of Ihedioha as Imo governor.
Specifically, the candidates of the three parties are Nwosu, Hope Uzodinma and Ararume respectively.
Meanwhile, Ihedioha has criticized his immediate predecessor, Rochas Okorocha, for ruining the economy of the state.
Ihedioha disclosed this through his Chief Press Secretary, Chibuike Onyeukwu, on Thursday in Owerri.
The governor’s statement comes after his one-week diplomatic visit to the United States of America.
“The governor said he remains optimistic on the outcome of his visit to the U.S and discussions withheld with Development Agencies. Recalling that his administration inherited a state with a begging economy which necessitated the need to expand the frontiers of the economic base of Imo State.”
The governor affirmed that “There is hope for the State. This is because there is renewed faith and confidence in his administration by the international community who are happy with the progress made so far by his administration in the State.
“We are making progress. We’ve made useful contacts and engaged in deliberations… These, we believe, will yield positive results in the shortest possible time.
“The good news is that they are confident and they are happy with our progress thus far. There is faith and confidence in the government of our state today.”