The case against Soludo winning the governorship election in Anambra has been dismissed by the court.

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A federal high court in Abuja has dismissed a lawsuit challenging Chukwuma Soludo’s eligibility to run for governor of Anambra state in the November 6 election.

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In the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/711/2021, the plaintiffs, Adindu Valentine and Egwudike Chukwuebuka, claimed that Soludo provided false information in the affidavit (Form EC9) that he submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and that he should be deemed unqualified to run for election.

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Soludo and his running mate, Onyeka Ibezim, were also accused of filling in different elective positions on their nomination forms. In the forms they submitted to INEC, they claimed the governor-elect stated that he was running for the Aguata II Constituency seat, while the deputy governor-elect stated that he was running for the Awka II Constituency seat.

However, on Wednesday, December 1, Justice Taiwo Taiwo dismissed the lawsuit as “unnecessary.” The plaintiffs had failed to show that they had a reasonable cause of action, he said.

 

Taiwo stated,

 

 

“I have carefully perused form EC9 for the third defendant (Soludo) and I can see that the third defendant marked that he was contesting the position of governor.

“He stated his constituency in the affidavits in support of the particulars. He also clearly stated that he was contesting the post of governor, his constituency is Aguata 2 Anambra and the name of his political party. All other information as to his person is also in his affidavits which were deposed to on the 1st of July 2020.

“I see that the fourth defendant marked the post he was contesting for and also stated same in the affidavits in support of his particulars for that office.

“The question is, how is it brought to the plaintiffs that the third and fourth defendants are not contesting for the governorship and deputy governorship election in Anambra state. Were there other elections held in Anambra state for which the 1st defendant had called for elections? How has the plaintiff been misled by the information contained in the affidavits of personal particulars?

“The plaintiffs have failed woefully to convince the court that the second, third and fourth defendants supplied false information to the 1st defendant which they knowingly accepted.

“I am yet to come to terms with the purpose this suit if I must say is meant to serve.

“The rule of law must not be abused and the rule of law must not be used as an instrument to choke democracy from breathing freely.

“The case of the plaintiffs must fail and I pronounce same as failed. The issues for determination are resolved against the plaintiffs and the reliefs being sought are totally rejected. This suit is not necessary and it has wasted the time of this court.”

 

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