The candidature of the incumbent governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano, is uncertain as a Federal High Court in Abuja has fixed November 9 for hearing of an application seeking to stop the All Progressives Grand Alliance flag bearer from contesting the November 18 governorship election in the state.
Justice John Tsoho on Monday ordered the serving of the court processes on Governor Obiano and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Apart from bridging the time allowed for INEC and Obiano, the first and second defendants in the suit marked FHC/Abj/CS/913/2017, to enter their appearances, from 30 to 10 days, the court also granted an order of substituted service of copies of the originating summons and all other court processes in the suit on Willie Obiano through a publication in a national daily and by pasting same on the walls of Anambra State liaison office in Abuja and at the Anambra State governor’s lodge.
The orders followed an ex-parte application Agbaso and APGA, who were the plaintiffs, moved through their lawyer, Mr. O.O. Olowolafe.
Justice Tsoho further okayed accelarated hearing of the substantive suit.
Specifically, Justice Tsoho held: “It is hereby ordered as follows: That having regard to the affidavit evidence in support of the plaintiffs/applicants’ motion ex-parte dated 25/9/17 but filed on 28/9/17, prayers 1, 2, and 5 are hereby granted.
“That prayers 3 and 4 for interim injunctions are declined.
“That the suit is adjourned to the 9th day of November for this application on notice.”
It will be recalled that leadership crisis that is currently rocking the APGA, led to the emergence of two candidates for the impending governorship poll.
The candidates won parallel primary polls factions of the party held in Anambra State.
Whereas Governor Willie Obiano emerged from primary poll that was conducted by the Dr Victor Oye-led faction of APGA, the Agbaso-led faction nominated Chief Ifeanyi Igwebuike as their own governoship candidate.
However, the INEC recognised the flag bearer of the Oye-led executive of the party for the November election.