Soludo, Anambra Gov-elect, scales first hurdle as court throws out suit seeking his disqualification

Soludo, Anambra Gov-elect, scales first hurdle as court throws out suit seeking his disqualification

Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo, Anambra State Governor-elect, has overcome the first challenge to his victory at the polls.

1st News reports that an Abuja High Court has dismissed a suit seeking his disqualification as the Anambra governor-elect.

Prof. Soludo, a former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) had won the recently held election in Anambra State; while riding on the platform of  the ruling All Grand Progressive Alliance (APGA). However, his victory had been challenged in court by two plaintiffs, Adindu Valentine and Chukwuebuka Egwudike.

But in a ruling delivered yesterday, Wednesday, December 1, 2021, Justice Taiwo Taiwo dismissed the suit against Soludo; while describing it frivolous, irritating, baseless and lacking in merit. Furthermore, the trial judge accused the two plaintiffs of seeking to use the courts as a tool to scuttle democracy.

Consequently, he awarded a punitive cost of N2million against them to be paid to the Anambra governor-elect and his deputy, Onyeka Ibezim.

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The suit by the two plaintiffs had sought the disqualification of Soludo who had claimed a landslide victory in the polls.

Valentine and Egwudike had alleged that Soludo provided false information in the affidavit (Form EC9) he submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). As a result, they had prayed the court to declare him unqualified to stand for election.

Identified as defendants in the suit are Soludo, Ibezim, INEC and APGA.

Specifically, the suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/711/2021 claimed that Soludo had indicated that he was contesting the Aguata 2 constituency seat; when in fact, he was contesting the Anambra governorship seat. Also, the suit stated that his deputy claimed to be contesting the Awka constituency instead of the Anambra deputy governorship. Both men were said to have filed these information in an affidavit submitted to INEC.

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