George Onyejiuwa, Owerri
An Owerri High Court in Imo State has fixed March 21 to determine the authentic candidate of the Action Alliance (AA) party in the governorship election in Imo State.
The ruling is consequent upon the case filed by Myke Ikoku seeking to reclaim his mandate as the authentic candidate of AA, having been earlier nominated by the party and his name submitted to the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC).
In a suit No. HOW/19/2019, the plaintiff is challenging the unlawful deletion of his name as the lawfully nominated AA candidate for the 2019 governorship election in Imo State and replacing same with the name of the son-in-law to Governor Rochas Okorocha, Chief Uche Nwosu.
The court had earlier fixed March 4 to rule on the application seeking to join Nwosu as a party in the case.
With the latest development, it has become clear that the legal tussle to determine the authentic candidate of the party will drag beyound the March 9 governorship and state House of Assembly elections, meaning that none of the parties currently contesting the ticket is sure of emerging as the next governor of the state, even if AA wins the governorship election in the state on Saturday.