Okigwe Senate Rerun And Recent Court Judgements: Facts You Must Know

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Expectedly, the recent court judgements earlier today have thrown spanners in the wheels of many political plans, hatched before today. My Party, the All Progressives Congress, which is worst hit by these judgements may have resorted to planting fake news on social media in a bid to get even with some PDP media operatives who are making efforts to get the best political capital out of the whole thing. However, no matter what you read or what you are told, the following are indisputable, as long as the Imo North Senatorial Bye Election is concerned;

  1. Senator Ifeanyi Ararume, as at now is legally encumbered as a candidate of the APC in the election. His chances of benefiting from any votes cast for the APC in tomorrow's election is dependent on what the Supreme Court rules on the appeal, he is expected to file on the matter. As at this moment, Ararume has not secured any stay of execution as being spread around on social media.
  2. The most likely beneficiary of any vote cast for the APC in tomorrow's election is Sir Frank Ibezim. This is going by the Appeal Court judgement restoring him as a candidate of the APC. However, he is also encumbered, going by a judgement by a federal High Court in Abuja, disqualifying him on the grounds that he allegedly supplied false information to INEC. The issue of been charged for perjury could be false, given that perjury is a criminal offence and should there be such ongoing prosection, it should have come from the State, rather than an individual.
  3. Should APC be declared winner of tomorrow's election, Sir Frank Ibezim is most likely to be sworn in as a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on Tuesday.
  4. Candidates of the other Parties, especially, those of the major contenders; APGA, PDP, Accord, etc don't seem encumbered by any Court ruling or ongoing court case. Any of these Parties can win the election and any of the Parties that come second in the election also has a credible claim to the seat, given, the judicial loopholes bugging APC candidature.
  5. Votes are not allocated to individuals rather political Parties, therefore, if you do not want a particular candidate to become your Senator, do not vote for his Party, on the grounds that he would retrieve the mandate through the courts. As bad as our judiciary may have become, it is not easy predicting the outcome of a litigation, until the day the judgement is given. So, do not gamble with your votes.
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I wish ndi Okigwe a peaceful and orderly election.

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