Soludo wins again, court dismisses suit with N2m fine



By Taiye Agbaje/Abuja

A Federal High Court, Abuja, on Wednesday, dismissed a suit, challenging the qualification of Anambra governor-elect, Chukwuma Soludo, and his deputy, Onyeka Ibezim.

Soludo and Ibezim won the Nov. 6 Anambra governorship election, with a landslide.

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.

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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 1st to 4th defendants respectively.

The plaintiffs contended 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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