An Imo state high court has recognised Senator Hope Uzodinma as the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state ahead of the 2019 elections.

The court upheld the plea of Imo state deputy governor, Eze Madumere, and nullified the governorship primaries held by governor Rochas Okorocha's faction of APC in the state.

In his judgment, Justice Kemakolam Ojiako, confirmed that the primary election held on October 1 that produced Uzodinma as the winner was credible and relevant.

The judge also upheld an order by an Abuja high court restraining the party from conducting a fresh primary election.

Madumere had sought the court to nullify the primary election held by the governor's faction of APC in the state.

Following the court ruling Madumere said, "With today’s (yesterday) judgment, the foundation upon which Mr. Nwosu is defiantly parading himself as the governorship candidate of APC, Imo State, has been quashed. This has laid to rest, all Okorocha and son-in-law’s claims over who the standard bearer of the party is."

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had previously published Uzodinma's name as the party's canndidate following a decision by a court to strike out a suit filed Okorocha's faction.

Okorocha's son-in-law, Uche Nwosu, who has repeatedly declared himself as the authentic APC governorship candidate in Imo state, had filed a court order restraining INEC from accepting any other name from the APC for next year's election.