Anambra 2021: Supreme Court affirms Soludo as APGA governorship candidate

Anambra 2021: Supreme Court affirms Soludo as APGA governorship candidate

The Supreme Court has affirmed former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor, Professor Charles Soludo, as the governorship candidate of the All-Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in the Anambra State election fixed for November 6, 2021.

Also, the apex court affirmed Mr Victor Oye, as the chairman of the party by a five-man panel led by Justice Mary Odili.

In a unanimous decision, a five-man panel of justices upheld the judgement of the Kano State Division of the Court of Appeal, which validated the primary election that produced Soludo.

The court dismissed the appeal filed by one Jude Okeke, on the ground of being an abuse of court process and lacking in merit and substance.

Justice Mary Odili who delivered the lead judgement awarded a sum of one million nairas against Jude Okeke to be paid to APGA and Victor Oye.

Justice Odili upheld the judgement of the Court of Appeal, Kano division which had earlier dismissed the suit of Okeke.

The apex court lambasted the appellants for engaging in forum shopping and crass abuse of the court process to get a favourable judgement to suit their own purposes.

The unanimous judgement also took a swipe at Okeke and some lawyers for attempting to mislead the court through multiple cases over the same subject matter.

Justice Odili noted that the appellants in the desperate bid to abuse the court moved their cases from Anambra State to Imo State and later to Jigawa State where they eventually got judgement in their favour on March 31, 2021.

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The Jigawa high court judgement delivered in March was however voided and set aside by the Court of Appeal, Kano division on March 8, 2021, on the ground that the high court of Jigawa lacked jurisdiction to have entertained the suit.

Zainab Sa’id
 
 
 
 
Anambra 2021: Supreme Court affirms Soludo as APGA governorship candidate

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