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The Imo State Labour Party (LP), under the leadership of Apapa Lamidi, has revealed that they are pursuing the recognition of Joseph Ikechukwu Ukaegbu as the true candidate for the governorship position in Imo LP.
Their legal team has initiated the necessary steps to achieve this recognition from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) following the court ruling in Bayelsa State, which resulted in Senator Athan Achonu’s removal.
Speaking to reporters in Owerri, the state chairman of LP, Ikechukwu Akujobi, addressed the court ruling that reportedly invalidated Senator Achonu’s candidature. Akujobi confirmed this development and provided his perspective on the matter.
When questioned about the course of action following the court ruling, Akujobi responded regarding the acknowledgement of Ukaegbu as the legitimate candidate for the Imo governorship by INEC, stating: ‘Our legal team is on it and working on it. They can give you more details. It is just that our labour party is a beautiful bride everybody is interested in it.’
He added: ‘We are here to clarify certain issues and to inform all members of the party, the Obedient family, and all support groups in the state on recent developments in our great party, the Labour Party.’
‘It is no longer news that a federal high court sitting in Bayelsa state had on Friday, 23rd June 2023, upheld the governorship candidacy of Joseph Ikechukwu Ukaegbu, for the Imo state off-season governorship election call conducted by Bashiru Lamidi Apapa, led NWC, of the party in the state.’
‘It is no longer news that the same Justice Emmanuel Akko’s court, init ruling, decided as illegal and unlawful, the governorship primaries conducted by the court suspended national chairman of the party Barr. Julius Abure, in Imo, Bayelsa, and Kogi states.’
‘It is certain that in every contest, there must be a winner and a loser. The judiciary has given victory to both Apapa and Ukaegbu and I do not doubt that they will utilize their victories to expand the coast and fortunes of the party rather than witch-hunting or discriminating against any member of the party.’
In light of this, the LP state chairman urged, ‘All aggrieved members of the party in the state, particularly those who had left the party before now, over perceived injustices against them to come back as the party will properly address their grievances.’
As the LP forges ahead, the state chairman reassured members and supporters that their voices would be heard and their concerns addressed, fostering an inclusive and united party front.