The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Wednesday has adjourned the cases filed by Reform and Advancement Party (RAP), governorship candidate till Monday against the Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodimma from acting as governor.
Mr. Kingdom, who is the governorship candidate, told the court that he filed an application praying the court to abridge the time within which the defendants would file their responses.
Meanwhile, the plaintiff told the court that he made the application for the court to abridge the time due to the urgency of the matter.
Kingdom’s lawyer, maintained that the matter was of constitutional importance because Uzodimma was occupying the seat of Imo governor illegally, having not participated in the 2019 election as a candidate of any political party.
All the defendants objected to the application on the grounds that they needed the time given by the constitution to respond.
Alhassan Umar (SAN), Counsel to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), told the court that in line with the principles of fair hearing, the defendants needed to take sufficient time as allocated by the law to respond.
He argued that the plaintiff could not take the required time to file his processes only to ask the court to abridge the time for the respondents.
Although, Justice Okon Abang adjourned the matter until Monday to hear the application.
The judge also directed that hearing notices should be served on the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) since the party was not represented in court.
The 2019 RAP governorship candidate, Mr. Okere Kingdom, approached the court seeking judicial interpretation on whether the All Progressives Congress (APC) indeed sponsored Governor Uzodimma in the 2019 Imo governorship election.
Kingdom said the Supreme Court which affirmed Uche Nwosu as the duly nominated 2019 Imo governorship candidate of the APC.
He said Court should determine whether Uzodinma is lawfully participated and was sponsored by the APC to contest the 2019 Imo governorship election in accordance with Section 177 (c) of the 1999 Constitution.
“This is having regard to the tenor, clear and unambiguous legal implications/consequences of the judgment of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in appeal no: SC/1384/2019 which upheld the decision of both the Court of Appeal and the Federal High Court and affirmed Nwosu as the authentic and duly elected/nominated 2019 Imo State governorship candidate of the APC,” he concludes.