The governorship candidate on the platform of the Action Alliance in Imo, Uche Nwosu, has decried the delay in making it available to relevant parties, a judgment delivered on September 21 by Imo Election Petition Tribunal.
Nwosu, who said this on Monday while speaking with journalists in Abuja, said he had yet to receive the judgment to enable him to file an appeal at the Court of Appeal.
The tribunal led by Justice Malami Dogondaji had on September 21, dismissed three petitions challenging the election of Peoples Democratic Party candidate, Governor Emeka Ihedioha of Imo, at the election held on March 9.
He noted that the law required appellant to file an appeal at the Court of Appeal 14 days after delivery of judgment but up till now my party and myself have yet to receive it from tribunal secretariat.
He said: “The judges ought to have handed over the judgment to the party or the tribunal secretariat.
“We have been to the secretariat and they continue saying that they have not received the judgment.
“We are raising alarm because almost 10 days are out of the 14 days we have to file.
“To us, it is a calculated attempt by these people to suppress our filling in the Appeal Court and l am calling on the President of the Court of Appeal to intervene immediately.
“You have 14 days and 10 days are gone you have not seen the judgment.”
It would be recalled that the three petitions were filed by the All Progressives Grand Alliance and its candidate, Ifeanyi Ararume, AA and its candidate, Uche Nwosu as well as the All Progressives Congress and its candidate, Hope Uzodinma.
The three-man tribunal led by Justice Malami Dogondaji unanimously held that the petitions lacked merit.
The tribunal also held that the petitioners failed to prove that Ihedioha was unlawfully declared as the governor of the state by Independent National Electoral Commission.
However, AA had in a statement issued on September 24 by its Acting National Secretary, Eli Moses, said that the party and its governorship candidate would go to the Court of Appeal to reject the judgment.