The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Thursday affirmed the candidates produced by the Adekunle Rufai Omo-Aje leadership as the authentic flagbearers for the Action Alliance party.
The court in its ruling rejected an application to aside its earlier ruling which recognizes Omo-Aje’s leadership.
The Federal High Court on the 4th of November had directed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to recognize the candidates submitted for 2023 elections by the Omo-Aje leadership
The court also rejected the candidates produced by Kenneth Udeze, among whom is Hamzat Al-Mustapha.
Justice Zainab Abubakar in a ruling on Thursday ruled that the application filed by Udeze is unmeritorious and proceeded to dismiss it.
Udeze had applied to the Federal High Court, Abuja to set aside the November 4, 2022 judgment.
He had stated that the judgement was obtained by fraud and that he was still the party’s National Chairman.
Justice Abubakar in her ruling on Thursday noted that with the two subsisting judgments of the Court of Appeal and another decision by a Federal High Court in Abeokuta, Udeze cannot lawfully lay claim to being the Chairman of the party.
The two judgments of the Court of Appeal were delivered on January 7 and November 11 while the ruling by the Federal High Court in Abeokuta was delivered on September 8 2022 by Justice J. O. Abdulmalik in a suit marked: FHC/AB/CS/120/2022.
Justice Abubakar held that her earlier judgment delivered on November 4 was not obtained by fraud as claimed by Udeze.
The judge described Udeze as a busybody and meddlesome interloper, trying to interfere in the affairs of the party from which he was suspended and later expelled.