Court Dismisses Suit Seeking Soludo’s Disqualification, Fines Plaintiffs N2m

A Federal High Court in Abuja, on Wednesday, dismissed a suit seeking disqualification of Prof. Charles Soludo, as the governor-elect for Anambra state.

Justice Taiwo Taiwo, in a judgment delivered in a suit instituted by two voters in Anambra, Valentine Adindu and Chukwuebuka Egwudike, described the suit as frivolous, irritating, baseless and lacking in merit.

Justice Taiwo, alleged that the two plaintiffs of seeking to use court as a tool to scuttle democracy and awarded a punitive cost of N2 million against them to be paid to Soludo and his deputy, Onyeka Ibezim.

The plaintiffs, Adindu and Egwudike, had in the suit contended that Soludo provided false information in the affidavit (Form EC9) which he submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission and should be deemed unqualified to stand for election.

The plaintiffs had in the suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/711/2021, claimed that Soludo who was a former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, indicated in the affidavit, that he was contesting the Aguata 2 Constituency seat when in fact, he was contesting the Anambra governorship seat and his deputy claimed to be contesting Awka constituency instead of Anambra deputy governorship.

Defendants in the suit are INEC, the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Soludo and Ibezim.

Justice Taiwo held that the two plaintiffs failed to establish how the alleged wrong in the constituency affected or misled them as voters and in any other capacity.

The judge said apart from the alleged wrongful disclosure of constituency, Soludo made it clear in other parts of his affidavit on oath that he was contesting Anambra governorship election while Ibezim also indicated in other parts of his affidavit that he was contesting deputy governorship.