The federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to declare Chief Ifeanyi Ararume winner of the December 5, 2020 bye-election for the Imo North Senatorial District of Imo state.
Justice Taiwo Oladipupo Taiwo held in a judgment that Ararume remained the authentic candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the election and should be declared winner of that election.
The Judge also ordered the electoral body to issue Certificate of Return to Ararume within 72 hours from the delivery of the judgment for him to be formally inaugurated by the Senate President.
Justice Taiiwo dimissed the preliminary objection filed by the APC and one Chukwuma Francis Ibezim challenging the jurisdiction of the court to entertain Ararume’s suit.
The Judge held that the objection lacked merit because Ibezim being purported by APC as its candidate in the by-election had been disqualified by a federal high court and later Court of Appeal for supplying false information to INEC to secure clearance for participation in the election.