After over two hours of fierce legal fireworks by lawyers, the Supreme Court on Thursday in Abuja affirmed former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo as the governorship candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, in the November 6, 2021, election in Anambra State.
The apex court also returned Chief Victor Oye as the National Chairman of the party.
In a judgment of a five-man panel of justices of the court, the appeal filed by one Jude Okeke was dismissed on the ground of being an abuse of court process.
Justice Mary Peter Odili, who delivered the lead judgment, awarded a sum of N1 million to be paid by Jude Okeke to APGA and Victor Oye.
Justice Odili upheld the judgment of the Court of Appeal, Kano Division, which had earlier dismissed Okeke’s suit.
APPRECIATION FROM THE OFFICE OF THE NATIONAL CHAIRMAN, ALL PROGRESSIVES GRAND ALLIANCE (APGA)
THANK YOU ALL
Today the Supreme Court of Nigeria reaffirmed the leadership of APGA under me by unanimously dismissing the twin-suit filed by one Jude Okeke and his cohorts.
We thank God for his mercifulness and compassion and for seeing us through the intense legal battles.
By this victory we have been called to greater service to our great party.
The November 6, 2021 Anambra State Governorship Election is drawing closer and this places an additional responsibility on us collectively and individually as members of the party.
We must guard our loins and take up the gauntlet for the task ahead by ensuring that nothing
distracts us as we work for victory in the Anambra State Governorship election.
We use this opportunity to call on all of us to reach out to our members all over the country about the need to continue to work together for the growth and development of our party.
We need everybody on board as we work to reposition our party for 2021 and 2023.
APGA remains the preferred destination for any genuine lover of democracy; and we will continue to open up the space for equal participation by all genuine members of the party.
Rest assured that we will be magnanimous in victory, because we believe that leadership comes from God.
We thank the judiciary for their doggedness in defending the cause of democracy and shutting out those whose activities are inimical to national development and ethos.
Ozonkpu Dr. Victor Ike Oye, National Chairman, APGA