AA, APP hail Supreme Court’s judgment on Okorocha’s son-in-law

The Action Alliance and the Action Peoples Party on Friday hailed the Supreme Court’s judgment, which held that Uche Nwosu, a son-in-law of a former Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha, was not qualified to contest the last governorship election in the state.

Nwosu was the candidate of the AA in the election.

In a unanimous judgment, the apex court in a suit filed by the APP held that by virtue of Nwosu’s double candidature and in line with the provisions of the Electoral Act, he was bound to be disqualified from the election.

The court affirmed the earlier judgments of the High Court and the Court of Appeal on the matter.

The AA and the APP, in separate statements by their national chairmen, Kenneth Udeze and Imo Ugochinyere, respectively, described the judgment as a welcome development.

Udeze said the verdict was in line with the party’s earlier decision to withdraw from the petition which Nwosu filed before the election tribunal challenging the victory of the state Governor, Emeka Ihedioha, in the last governorship poll.

“We maintain that Uche Nwosu was never our candidate in the March governorship election in Imo State, having falsely presented himself to the party as having nothing to do with the APC as an aspirant and lied to the party with true state of his affairs with other parties,” he said.

Udeze said the verdict had put a stop to the activities of aspirants who jump from one party to the other looking for party tickets without disclosing their original stake with other parties.

He said, “Never again shall politicians resort to all forms of blackmail and intimidation to grab the structure of political parties for their selfish interest.

“The AA has shown resilience and steadfastness in its belief as a masses party by its action in the political development of Imo State and Nigeria.

“To this end, we in the AA congratulate the coalition-elected governor and the good people of Imo State for this uncommon divine victory.”

Ugochinyere, on his part, said by the judgment, Nwosu’s appeal against Ihedioha’s election, which is also before the apex court, “is dead and buried.”

He said, “The implication of today’s Supreme Court judgment that quashed Nwosu’s candidature is that AA never had any governorship candidate in Imo 2019 governorship election.
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