Court dismisses suit seeking Soludo’s, deputy’s disqualifications as APGA candidate

A Federal High Court, Abuja, on Wednesday, dismissed a suit challenging the qualification of the Anambra State governor-elect, Charles Soludo, and his deputy, Onyeka Ibezim, for the November 6 governorship election.

Delivering judgment, Justice Taiwo Taiwo dismissed the suit on the grounds that it lacked merit.

Taiwo, who described the suit as a waste of judicial time, said the court could not be used to truncate the country’s democracy.

Soludo and Ibezim were elected on the platform of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).

The plaintiffs in the suit are Adindu Valentine and Egwudike Chukwuebuka.

The duo had sued the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Soludo and Ibezim as first to fourth defendants respectively.

The plaintiffs are contending that Soludo provided false information in the affidavit (Form EC9) that he submitted to INEC and should be deemed unqualified to stand for election.

The judge, in his ruling, however, awarded a N2 million fine to be paid jointly and severally by the applicants to APGA, Soludo and Ibezim.

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