Following the Federal High Court victory of embattled All Progressives Congress candidate, Ifeanyi Ararume in immediate past Imo-north senatorial district bye-elections, his major contender, Frank Ibezim has reacted to the court pronouncement of yesterday affirming Ararume as the validly nominated candidate of the APC, and winner of the elections.
Ararume’s opponent, Ibezim reacts to Court Judgment, accuses Judge of ‘Judicial recklessness’
Vanguard reports that Ibezim dispelled the judgment and accused the presiding Judge, justice Taiwo Taiwo of “judicial recklessness”.
Ibezim while speaking to a correspondent of vanguard said, the judgment was a sad day for democracy as he had already been affirmed winner by the supreme court.
According to him:
Today’s judgment is a sad commentary on our judicial process and democracy. Why Justice Taiwo decided to embark on this judicial rascality is still a surprise to me. The question is, on what premise did justice Taiwo deliver this judgment…. If it was a pre-election matter, it was filed out of time. If it is a post-election matter, Justice Taiwo does not have the locus to entertain it. It is the tribunal.
Justice Taiwo is supposed to be reported to the National Judicial Council for judicial recklessness. The issue of who is the authentic candidate of APC for the Imo North bye-election was decided by the Supreme Court in its judgment on February 5, which went in my favor. Araraume was not a party to the bye-election.
It will be recalled that Justice Taiwo had yesterday pronounced a judgment in favour of Ararume, asking the Independent National Electoral Commission to issue a certificate of return to Ifeanyi Ararum.
Justic Taiwo in his Judgment had resolved that Appeal Court judgment in Abuja was invalid and that the 3rd defendant (Chukwuma Ibezim) remained disqualified.
Meanwhile, former governor of the Imo State, Senator representing Imo West Senatorial District, Rochas Okorocha has congratulated Ararume, saying that Ararume who a two time Senator is expected to bring his wealth of experience into the red chambers for the good of the Imo People.
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