The case between Chukwuma Francis Ibezim v. INEC for Interlocutory Injunction to restrain INEC from issuing a certificate of return to Senator Ifeanyi Ararume in connection with the bye-election held on 5th December, 2020 for Imo North Senatorial District, with SUIT NO. HOW/309/2021, was heard today before Justice CHUKWUEMEKA-CHIKEKA of the High Court of Imo State.
When the case was called up, K.C. Nwufo, SAN informed the court that Senator Ifeanyi Ararume had filed a motion seeking to be joined as a Defendant in the suit. He also applied to the court to move the motion.
Learned Counsel for the Plaintiff, M. A. Aguda and Idris Yakubu, opposed the application on the grounds of the need for time to respond to the application for joinder, which was served on them in open this morning.
The application of the learned Seek to discharge the Interim Injunction was also opposed on the ground that, since Senator Ifeanyi Ararume has not been joined as a party to the suit, he cannot make any application to the court.
The case was thereafter adjourned to 3rd of May 2021 for the hearing of the motion for joinder and the Plaintiff’s motion for Interlocutory Injunction.