The Imo State Governorship Petition Tribunal sitting in Owerri, has granted application by the Action Alliance (AA) to withdraw from suit challenging the election of Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as governor of Imo State.
The running mate of the AA governorship candidate, Acho Ihim, had two weeks ago dumped the party for the ruling PDP in the state.
Ruling on the application brought by the national leadership of the AA, which alleged that the party was not consulted by its governorship candidate for the 2019 election,Uche Nwosu, in the said election petition before approaching the tribunal, Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Mathew Adewara granted the request by removing AA as a party to the suit.
Counsel to the AA, Chief Okey Ehieze commended the tribunal for granting the request of the party, noting that the party was a signatory to a pact with other political parties to support any duly elected candidate in the state.
He noted that AA was not ready to go into a run-off election, which its candidate in the state allegedly prayed for.
Counsel to the PDP in Imo State, Chief Jerry Egemba described the ruling as a welcome development.
Meanwhile, the state Chairman of the AA, Chief Uchendu Ahaneku said Chief Nwosu would pursue its case against the election of Governor Ihedioha to its logical conclusion regardless of the decision of the national leadership of the party.
CAF CL: Why Akwa United Struggled Against CR Belouizdad
Coach Kennedy Boboye admitted that Akwa United failed in their bid to replace the players that left the club.
Boboye revealed this in his post match confe-rence after Akwa United kick-started their 2021-2022 CAF Champions League campaign with a 1-0 win over CR Belouizdad of Algeria on Sunday.
The Promise Keepers lost influential stars like Charles Atshimene and Olisa Ndah to CD Feirense of Portugal and Orlando Pirates of South Africa respectively earlier this month.
Recall that Ndah and Atshimene played key role in Akwa United’s NPFL title victory and Boboye admitted that the club was unable to bring in replacement.
He said: “This is what we have gotten. Most of the players we tried to get did not come.”
“We can’t stop players from travelling. It is unfortunate that we started the tournament very early.”
“We have not been able to play together for a long time. By the time we surpass this stage, we would be better than before,” he said.
Remo Stars To Appoint Ogunbote Head Coach
Nigeria Professional Football League New Boys, Remo Stars are on the verge of appointing Gbenga Ogunbote as their new coach.
Reports revealed that Remo Stars manage-ment will appoint the former Enyimba and Sunshine Stars boss to take over the reign from Daniel Ogunbodede who tutored the team last season.
Ogunbote was spot-ted with the Ikenne-based club during the just concluded NNL Super 8 in Enugu.
The club is set to announce the mana-gerial change in the coming days, but nothing has been heard, concerning the future of Daniel Ogunbodede.
Ogunbodede helped Remo Stars seal their return to the elite division after finishing second in NNL playoff in Group A.
CAFCL: Eguma Warns Players Against Complacency
Rivers United Coach, Stanley Eguma, has warned his players against comp-lacency ahead of their CAF Champions Lea-gue second leg prelimi-nary game against Young Africans.
The Pride of Rivers defeated the Tanzanian side 1-0 at the Benjamin Mkapa Nat-ional Stadium on Sunday.
Samuel Omodumuke scored the winning goal for the visitors in the 52nd minute to give the Eguma’s side advant-age of going to the next game.
The return leg will take place next week Sunday at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, Port Harcourt.
Speaking ahead of the second meeting, Eguma hinted that his players need to forget about the first leg result and approach the second leg with all seriousness.
“They are a good side and have mobile players.
“We need to have the right mentality when we play them at home, we must not relent and fight as if we have not played the first leg.
“We must put in everything in the second leg, that is going to be our approach.”
“The players need to rise to the occasion to ensure that we seal the qualification,” he said.
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