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Battle Royale in the camp of SDP in Imo State

A Federal High Court sitting in owerri, Imo State Capital, presided by Hon. Justice.I. Ringim, on Thursday, gave an order restraining the independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Sir Okey Ezeh and the Social Democratic Party (SDP), from substituting the name of  Dr Casmir Anyanwu as the duly elected gubernatorial candidate of the party.

Justice Ringim also handed down a Fine of 500,000 each against Sir Okey Ezeh, the purported gubernatorial candidate of SDP in the state and the party for their failure to file their statement of defense against the suit instituted by Dr. Casmir Anyanwu. He equally ordered that the fine is to be paid on or before the 20th of December, while ruling that the status quo of the parties should be maintained until the determination of the matter.

Dr. Anyanwu had gone to the court, to seek its order restraining the defendants from substituting his name as the standard bearer of the party having won the October 5, governorship primary of the party, polling a total vote of 855 to beat his closest rival who scored 128 votes with the third contestant scoring zero votes.

Reacting to the judgment while interacting with newsmen, Dr Casmir Anyanwu's Counsel expressed happiness at the ruling pointing out that maintaining the status quo means that  his client still remains the gubernatorial candidate of the party in the eyes of the law.

Meanwhile, the leadership of the social Democratic Party, has maintained the Sir Okey Ezeh remains their candidate stressing that the process that led to his emergence is in tandem with provisions of the party's guidelines for the nomination of candidates.

According to a national leader of the party; 

"You can take my word to became our candidate through a widely acknowledged, transparent process. First, The Imo state chapter of the party failed to organize a direct a direct primary election as the guideline stipulated."

They gathered at a hotel in Owerri and state managed something very absurd. We cancelled that particular exercise because it was an aberration and opted for he second al;alternative in the guidelines, which is consensus. We invited Okey Ezeh and three others who then purchased our nomination forms. We screened them and eventually Okey Ezeh defeated the three others to become the consensus candidate of the party in Imo state.

In his own reaction, the state publicity secretary of the party, Comrade Chilos Godsent, warned all those who are dividing the party to stop forth with and banned members writing about the state of affairs in the party, decrying the activities of some persons who, he alleged, are sponsored by the opposition to scuttle the electoral chances of the party.

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