A federal High court in Abuja has dismissed a suit challenging the qualification of Chukwuma Soludo as a candidate in the November 6 Anambra state governorship election.
They also prayed for the disqualification of the deputy governor-elect of Anambra, Onyeka Ibezim, which the court dismissed.
In the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/711/2021, Adindu Valentine and Egwudike Chukwuebuk had alleged that Soludo provided false information in the affidavit (Form EC9) that he submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
They said he should be deemed unqualified to stand for election.
The applicants contended that Soludo and Onyeka Ibezim, deputy governor-elect, indicated, in their forms, that they were contesting the Aguata 2 and Awka 2 constituency seats, respectively, instead of the Anambra governorship seat.
But delivering judgment in the matter on Wednesday, Justice Taiwo Taiwo held that the suit was “unnecessary”.
Justice Taiwo said the matter lacked merit and that it was a waste of the courts time. He urged the Plaintiffs not to use the court as a tool to stagnate democracy.
“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,” the court held.
“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 about his person is also in his affidavits which were deposed to on July 1 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 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 of this suit.”
The court, therefore, awarded the sum of 2million naira to All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, Charles Soludo and Onyeka Ibezim as damages.