Chukwuma Soludo cleared by court of appeals as APGA governorship flagbearer
On Monday, the Court of Appeal in Awka, Anambra State, dismissed an appeal challenging the state High Court’s decision recognising Professor Chukwuma Soludo as the All Progressives Grand Alliance’s (APGA) candidate in the state’s upcoming governorship election.
Justice Charles Okaa of the Awka High Court had directed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to identify Soludo as an APGA governorship candidate two weeks ago.
Chief Edozie Njoku, a party governorship candidate from another faction, and one Okoro Benedict had challenged the order in the appellate court.
The plaintiffs had asked the appeal court, ruled over by Justice Nwosu-Iheme, for three reliefs from Justice Okaa’s decision, which upheld Soludo as the APGA’s genuine candidate in the state governorship election.
They requested an order from the appellate court to stay the execution of Justice Okaa’s court judgement; an order from the appellate court to set aside court rules and allow the appellants (Njoku and Okoro) to compile and transmit Justice Okaa’s judgement to the Court of Appeal; and an order granting their application an accelerated hearing.
However, in her judgement in the consolidated motions on Monday, Justice Nwosu-Iheme dismissed the applications as incompetent, awarding N200,000 and N250,000 against the petitioners who named Hon Wilson Onyekwelu, APGA, and others as respondents.