Just In: Court Dismisses Suit Seeking Disqualification of Soludo as Anambra Governor-Elect

Just In: Court Dismisses Suit Seeking Disqualification of Soludo as Anambra Governor-Elect

  • The Federal High Court has dismissed the suit seeking the disqualification of professor Charles Soludo as Anambra governor-elect
  • According to reports, the plaintiffs informed the court that Soludo had provided false information to INEC and should be declared as unqualified
  • Meanwhile, the APC had earlier threatened legal action regarding the victory of Anambra governor-elect, Prof Charles Soludo

Abuja- A Federal High Court in Abuja has dismissed a suit that sought to disqualify the governorship and deputy governorship candidates of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in the last governorship election in Anambra state – Charles Soludo and Onyeka Ibezim.

The Nation reports that The plaintiffs – Adindu Valentine and Egwudike Chukwuebuka – are contending that Soludo and Ibezim provided false information in the affidavit (Form EC9) that they submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and should be declared as unqualified to stand for election.

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In the suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/711/2021 the plaintiffs claimed that Soludo indicated, in his Form EC9, Aguata 2, Anambra Constituency as the position he was contesting when, in fact, he was contesting the Anambra governorship seat.

Breaking: Court dismisses suit seeking Soludo, Ibezim’s disqualification as Anambra governor-elect
Court rules against the suit seeking the disqualification of Professor Charles Soludo as Anambra governor-elect. Photo credit: Soludo TV
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Ibezim was said to have indicated Awka 2, Anambra Constituency, as against the deputy governorship seat he was contesting.

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The Judgement

In his judgment on Wednesday, December 1, Justice Taiwo Taiwo held that the suit was frivolous as the plaintiffs failed to show how they were misled by the information supplied by Soludo and Ibezim.

Justice Taiwo noted that Soludo and Ibezim clearly ticked the positions of governor and deputy governor in the forms they submitted to INEC and only indicated their constituencies, which did not amount to supplying false information as envisaged under the Electoral Act.

The judge said it was known to all, including the plaintiffs, that only governorship election was held in Anambra on November 6 this year.

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He resolved all the issues raised for determination against the plaintiffs and declined all the reliefs sought by them.

The judge awarded N2million

The judge awarded N2million cost against the plaintiffs, and in favour of APGA, Soludo and Ibezim.

Defendants in the suit were INEC, the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Soludo and Ibezim.

Details shortly…

Andy Uba sends strong warning to APGA camp, tells them what to do

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Andy Uba, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the November 6, Anambra governorship election has cautioned against being demonised by his opponent, the All Progressive Grand Alliance party.

It was reported that a statement released by Afam Ogene, the director of media and publicity for Andy Uba's campaign organisation called on APGA to prepare for legal action.

Uba had challenged the result of the election shortly after the APGA candidate Chukwuma Soludo, was declared winner of the Anambra poll.

Source: Legit.ng

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