-Sen. Frank Ibezim
Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Owerri, Imo State, today, 17/06/2021, has delivered a final Judgment dismissing the people Democratic party. PDP,’s Petition in a keenly contested. Election Petition for the Imo North Senatorial District
In Petition No: EPT/OW/SEN/3/2020: EMMANUEL OKEWULONU and PDP -V- APC & SENATOR FRANK IBEZIM.
The Tribunal while considering the Preliminary Objection raised by All Progressives Congress, APC, & its candidate Senator Frank Ibezim, on the issue of whether the Petition is competent? held inter alia (among other things) that the Petitioners have no locus standi to challenge the nomination, sponsorship of candidates of another political party which is purely the internal affairs of APC.
It also held that the Petitioners’ Petition constitutes an abuse of the court process because it filed multiple Suits on the same pre-election matters at various courts and also included the same pre-election reliefs in their Petition before this Tribunal.
The Tribunal further that the Petition does not disclose any reasonable cause of Action. Additionally, the Tribunal held that it lacks the Jurisdiction to entertain parts of the Petition bordering on Primary Election.