Okorocha Files Suit Against, Araraume, Ihedioha, INEC, PDP


By Chidi Nkwopara

Governor of Imo State, Chief Rochas Okorocha, and All Progressives Congress, APC, have jointly filed a suit at the Federal High Court, asking it to order the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to stop Senator Ifeanyi Araraume and Chief Emeka Ihedioha from further campaigning for the governorship election in the state until the court determined who the real candidate of the party was.

Also joined in the current suit against Araraume and Ihedioha are the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and INEC.

Chief Okorocha and his party, the APC, are asking the court to restrain Senator Araraume and Chief Ihedioha from continuing with their campaign for the April 11, 2015, governorship election in the state on the platform of the PDP, until the court ruled on their matter to determine who among them was actually the candidate of their party, PDP.

In the suit No. FHC/OW/CS/68/2015, the plaintiffs are contending that allowing the two people to campaign for the governorship election would place the APC and its candidate at disadvantage, since what would be on the ballot papers are the logos or symbols of the political parties and not the candidates' names or photographs.