SHOCKING: Soludo Dragged To Court, Faces Disqualification

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A Federal High Court in Abuja has scheduled judgment for November 30 in a suit challenging the qualification of the Anambra State Governor-elect, Professor Charles Soludo, and the Deputy Governor-elect, Onyeka Ibezim, to contest the November 6 governorship election.

Justice Taiwo Taiwo fixed the date for the judgment yesterday after lawyers for the plaintiffs and defendants made their final submissions.

The plaintiffs – Adindu Valentine and Egwudike Chukwuebuka – are contending that the former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria provided false information in the affidavit (Form EC9) he submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

In the suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/711/2021, they argued that the Governor-elect swore in the affidavit that he was contesting the Aguata 2 Constituency seat when, in fact, he was contesting the governorship seat.

Defendants in the suit are INEC, the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Soludo and Ibezim, his running mate.

In their final submission, the plaintiffs’ lawyers, A. O. Ijeri and Kelvin Okoko, argued that having indicated the wrong seat on the form he submitted, Soludo violated extant legal provisions and ought to be disqualified.

“The constitution has made a state a constituency in relation to the governorship election, but in this case, the third defendant (Soludo) named Aguata 2 as the constituency he is contesting,” they argued.

The lawyers explained that their clients established that there was a cause of action and that the court had jurisdiction to determine the case.

They said: “The cause of action in a pre-election matter, by the provision of Section 285(9) of the Constitution, is determined by the date of the occurrence of the event, a decision or action complained about in the suit by the plaintiff.

“And in the instant suit, the cause of action of the plaintiff arose on the 6th of July 2021 when the third defendant’s (Soludo’s) Form EC9 was submitted by the political party (the second defendant).

‘Let’s Take Anambra To The Moon’ – Soludo Tells Opponents

The Governor-elect of Anambra State, Professor Charles Soludo, has extended a hand of fellowship to the other contestants in the just concluded governorship race, asking them to come together to keep the “spirit of Anambra alive and strong” and collectively “take our homeland to the moon.”

The candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) stated this while delivering his acceptance speech at his country home in Isuofia community, Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State in the early hours of Wednesday.

He explained that the outcome of the election reflected the true will and wishes of the people of Anambra and, therefore, thanked everyone for their massive support, promising not to disappoint but to work in collaboration with relevant stakeholders to take Anambra state to the greatest height.

Moments  after he was announced the winner, there was jubilation in the living room of the governor-elect, as himself, friends, family, had been waiting with bated breath for the result of the keenly contested election to be made public.

Soludo, a former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), coasted to victory after he garnered 112,229 votes from 19 of the 21 LGAs – twice more than his closest rival – PDP’s Valentine Ozigbo.

Ozigbo had 53,807 votes while the other two frontline contenders –  Andy Uba and Ifeanyi Ubah scored 43,285 and 21,261 votes respectively.

Don’t Contest Anambra Election Result – Ex-PDP Spokesman, Olisah Metuh Tells Soludo’s Opponents

Similarly, the former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olisa Metuh, has appealed to contenders in the just-concluded Anambra governorship elections to avoid lawsuits while supporting the Governor-Elect, Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo.

Metuh made this appeal on Wednesday via a statement personally signed while congratulating the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) on his victory at the polls.

Metuh said: “I implore contenders who are hurting over the outcome of the election to sheathe their swords and put aside all personal interests for the sake of Ndi Anambra.

“It’s therefore imperative that we avoid the distractions of election litigations. Such will be counter-productive to the aspiration of our people to get our state working again. What we need at this moment is to concentrate our energies on moving our state to greater heights,” he said.

Metuh added that the emergence of Soludo as the winner of the election is a reflection of the will of the people.

“I heartily congratulate Prof. Chukwuma Soludo on his emergence as the governor-elect of Anambra state after the keenly contested November 6, governorship election.

“Ndi Anambra has spoken and their voices were heard loud and clear. They have, through their votes, democratically made their choice of who governs them for the next four years.

Source: Mcebiscoo.com

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