A Federal High Court in Awka, the Anambra State capital, has reinstated Chukwuma Charles Soludo as the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), ahead of the Nov. 6 guber polls.
Soludo who belongs to the Victor Oye-led faction of APGA had secured 740 votes to defeat Ezenwankwo Christopher, ThankGod Ibe and Okolo Chibuzor who got 41 and 7 votes respectively.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had published the names of 18 candidates deemed fit to contest the polls but Mr. Soludo’s name was omitted for Michael Umeoji, a candidate of the Jude Okeke-faction of the APGA.
INEC said the decision was taken based on a court order
Speaking with The Cable, Festus Okoye, INEC’s commissioner for information and voter education, said that Musa Ubale, judge of a High Court in Jigawa state, had passed judgment in suit JDU/022/21, upholding the suspension of Victor Oye and affirming Jude Okeke as the party’s national chairman on June 30, 2021.
Okoye also cited another court order in suit number FCT/DW/CV/133/21 in which Bello Kawu, a judge at the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court in Kubwa, on June 28, ordered INEC to monitor the primary election of the Jude Okeke faction and comply with the result.
Things took a twist on Monday as a judgment by Chukwudi Okaa, ruled that the other parties in the suit, including Jude Okeke, Edozie Njoku, and Chukwuma Umeoji, were “meddlesome interlopers”.
Okaa affirmed Oye as the national chairman of the party and ordered INEC to recognize Soludo as the APGA governorship candidate for Anambra.