Senator Ifeanyi Araraume has written to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, requesting that he be issued a Certificate of Return as Senator elect for the Imo North Senatorial District.
Araraume’s request came a week after the Supreme Court named Frank Ibezim as Senator elect for the Imo North Senatorial district.
Araraume writes to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, through his counsel, Ahmed Raji, insisting that the Supreme Court’s latest rulings do not invalidate the Federal High Court’s orders in his favour.
The following was part of the statement:
“Although the Supreme Court set aside the judgement of the Court of Appeals in Appeal No: SC/183/2021, Chukwuma Francis Ibezim v Asomugha Tony Ebeleke and 3 ors, and Appeal No: SC/182/2021, APC v Asomugha Tony Ebeleke and 3 ors, delivered on the 16th day of April, 2021, it is imperative to note that the appeals which culminated in the aforesaid
“Again, in its decision in the aforementioned appeal, the Supreme Court DID NOT declare Chukwuma Francis Ibezim as the APC’s nominee for the Imo North Senatorial bye election on December 5, 2020 in any way or manner.
“It is crystal clear that the Supreme Court did not and could not make any consequential order declaring Chukwuma Francis Ibezim as the All Progressive Congress’s bye election candidate because, unlike Senator Godwin Ifeanyi Araraume, he did not participate in all stages of the Imo North Senatorial bye election on December 5, 2020 as required by law (as amended)
“To put it another way, unless and until the above valid and current judgement delivered by Hon Justice Taiwo O. Taiwo is set aside by a superior Court, the Independent National Electoral Commission has no choice but to comply with the said judgement, as the Supreme Court judgments did not, in any way, set aside the said judgement of Taiwo Taiwo J of the Electoral Commission.
“As a result of the above, we urge the INEC to immediately comply with the aforementioned extant judgement in SUIT NO: FHC/ABJ/CS/1644/2020 and the instructions contained therein, by issuing Form EC8E and a Certificate of Return to our Client, Senator Godwin Ifeanyi Araraume, without further delay,” the statement read.