INEC Exempts APC As It Publishes Names Of Governorship Candidates In Imo.

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC did not add the name of the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Imo state on the list of governorship candidates it published on Friday.

Hope Uzodinma

The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Emeka Ihedioha and 66 others were on the list, while that of the APC was seen missing.

There has been serious battle for the sole ticket of the party between Uche Nwosu, a former Chief of Staff of the state governor, Rochas Okorocha and Senator Hope Uzodinma.

The National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole has been in the middle of the battle as Okorocha insisted on the emergence of his son-in-law as the governorship candidate for APC.

Oshiomhole has, however, recognised Senator Uzodinma as the candidate.

INEC’s decision to omit the name of APC candidate from the state on its list is not unconnected with the order given by the court mandating it not to publish any name for APC.

The development comes one day after a Federal High Court sitting in Owerri, the state capital issued an interim injunction restraining the APC and INEC from substituting or publishing any names other than those of winners of the October 6 primaries.

Twenty APC members who were declared winners of the primaries held at all levels had approached the court to seek the ex parte order.

They accused the National Working Committee of the party of planning to substitute their names with other names of aspirants who lost in the primaries.

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