Ibezim was disqualified on the grounds that he made false statements/declarations in the affidavit and documents submitted to the APC.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the All Progressives Congress (APC) winner of the just concluded Imo North senatorial district bye-election but unable to return any APC candidate.
The returning officer, Hakeem Adigun who announced the result said the APC scored a total of 36, 811 votes to beat his rival from the Peoples Democratic Party, Emmanuel Okewulonu who scored 31, 903 votes.
According to the electoral body, the decision not to declare any candidate as the winner is due to several court orders authenticating the true candidate of the party in the bye-election.
You may recall with NoRM that 24 hours to the election, a Court of Appeal sitting in Owerri gave a judgment disqualifying Ifeanyi Ararume as APC’s candidate.
On the same day, a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja also disqualified Frank Ibezim from contesting the election.
Meanwhile, Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodimma, has reacted to the outcome of the election where INEC declared APC the winner of the election without returning any candidate.
Speaking to journalists at the Government House in Owerri, Uzodinma thanked the people of the senatorial district for voting overwhelmingly for the APC, noting that the victory has shown once again that Imo is an APC state.
Governor Uzodinma, however, said he will not join any issues with INEC, adding that with the recent Court of Appeal judgment and the statement from the APC National Executive Committee, Frank Ibezim is the authentic candidate.
The ADP got two votes and the ADC followed with one vote. One of the votes cast at the unit was voided.
The Lagos State Deputy Governor Obafemi Hamzat has delivered his Polling Unit 004, Ward 4, Oke-Balogun registration area for the candidate of his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), Tokunbo Abiru.
The APC’s Abiru scored 97 votes out of the 111 votes cast at the unit, while his closest challenger, Babatunde Gbadamosi of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) got 10 votes.
The number of registered voters at the unit is 738.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said it will only accept credible candidates for the October 31 concurrent legislative by-elections scheduled to be conducted across eight states of the Federation.
APC Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary National Convention Planning Committee Chairman, Governor Mai Mala Buni, gave the warning while inaugurating the Party’s Screening and Appeal Committees for the by-elections at the APC National Secretariat, Abuja, according to a statement released on Thursday by spokesman Yekini Nabena.
The Committees are saddled with the responsibility of screening APC Candidates for the by-elections.
Buni, who was represented at the inauguration on Wednesday by the APC Caretaker Committee secretary, Senator John Udoedeghe, further stated that the party was moving in a new direction and would ensure that things were done properly.
He charged the members of the Committees to be fair to all the aspirants and ensure that only those with impeccable records in their careers were chosen as APC candidates.
Responding on behalf of the other members, Prof. Stephen Ocheni assured that the members of the Screening and Appeal Committees would discharge their assignment with fairness and a sense of responsibility. Ocheni who was a former Minister expressed gratitude to the national leadership of the Party for the confidence reposed in them and for giving them the task to perform on behalf of the Party.
Below is the party’s schedule of activities for the legislative by-elections:
– Screening of Aspirants: Wednesday August 26th, 2020 – Thursday August 27th, 2020.
– Publication of Claims and Objections: Friday 28th August, 2020
The All Progressives Congress (APC)’s candidate, Muhammad Musa Fagen-Gawo, has won the Babura/Garki Federal Constituency bye-election in Jigawa.
Prof. Ahmad Kutama, the Returning Officer, declared the result at the collation centre in Babura’s local government area. He revealed that Fagen-Gawo polled 48,318 votes to beat other candidates across the 302 polling units.
Kutama said the APC candidate defeated his closest rival, Nasiru Garba Dantiye of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who polled 24,135 votes. He also beat the third contestant, Bashir Umar of the Action Democratic Party (ADP) who secured 458 votes.
The electoral officer, therefore, declared Fagen-Gawo the winner, having secured the highest number of votes in the election.