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Imo AA to press contempt charges against INEC national chairman

by OkeomaNews

The Imo State chapter of the Action Alliance on Sunday said that it would press contempt charges against the national chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Mahmood Yakubu for failing to recognise the 2022 Abuja Court of Appeal judgment which recognised Adekunle Rufai Omo-Aje as the authentic and only National Chairman of AA.

At a press conference in Owerri, the state capital, the chairman of the party in the state, Ifeanyi Okponwa-Eze, said that INEC’S continuance recognition of one Kenneth Udeze, as the party’s national chairman as against the judgment of Abuja court of Appeal which had not been upturned was an affront on the constitution of the country.

Okponwa- Eze said that the substitute governorship primary conducted few days ago by Udeze which replaced the party’s governorship candidate, Humphrey Ukadike with Lincoln Ogunewe, was null and void.

The party insisted that Ukadike remained the authentic governorship candidate of party for the November 11 governorship election in the state.

He said “as you could recall, on 11th November, 2022, a Court of Appeal sitting in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, affirmed Hon. Dr. Adekunle Rufai Omo-Aje as the authentic and only National Chairman of Action Alliance, against one Kenneth Udeze who has been parading himself as the National Chairman of Action Alliance.

“Also in preparation for the forthcoming governorship election in the state and in line with stipulated guidelines, Action Alliance conducted its governorship primary election in Imo State on April 17, 2023, which was the last day set by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, for conduct of party primaries for the election. The primary produced Chief Ukadike Chinedu Humphrey as the party’s governorship candidate.

“It is however worrisome and highly embarrassing that the said Kenneth Udeze who was expelled from the party, has continued to parade himself as the National Chairman of Action Alliance, and has gone as far as trying to deceive members of the public by ridiculously presenting the Rtd. Gen. Lincoln Ogunewe as governorship candidate of the party.

“This is a clear disregard to the subsisting Court of Appeal judgement which affirmed Hon. Dr.Adekunle Rufai Omo-Aje as the authentic National Chairman of Action Alliance.

“The fact that INEC has retained in its website, the name ‘Kenneth Udeze, as the National Chairman of Action Alliance, is an indication that the National Chairman of the electoral umpire, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, has deliberately decided to operate in contempt to the Court of Appeal judgement.

“We will, therefore, not hesitate to press Contempt of Court charges against both Kenneth Udeze and Prof. Mahmood Yakubu if they do not retrace their steps.

“We reaffirm that Chief Ukadike Chinedu Humphrey is the sole governorship candidate of the Action Alliance for the governorship election in Imo State, scheduled for November 11, 2023.

“We equally use this opportunity to urge Imolites to disregard activities of these impostors.”

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