3 Other Things That Contributed To Soludo’s Victory In Court After He And His Deputy Made Mistakes

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It made headlines that the Federal High Court dismissed the suit seeking to disqualify Prof. Charles Soludo and nullify his victory in the Anambra State governorship election.

The plaintiffs: Adindu Valentine and Egwudike Chukwuebuka argued that Soludo gave a false information to the electoral umpire while filling his nomination form as he filled Aguata 2 Constituency instead of the post of Governor. It was also discovered that Soludo’s Deputy, Onyeka Ibezim made a similar mistake by filling that he was running for Akwa 2 Constituency seat instead of the post of Deputy Governor.

Meanwhile, the presiding Justice Taiwo Taiwo, while dismissing the suit described it as lacking in merit, frivolous and irritating. But, there are other things that contributed to the victory of Soludo and his Deputy in the move against them. This article will discuss three other things that played roles in favouring Soludo and Ibezim.

(1). The plaintiffs are not candidates in the said election. For the two men to have a good stand to file the suit against Soludo and Ibezim, they should have been involved in the election as candidates. In that case, the cause they are fighting would be seen as something that concerns them or affects them directly. But, they are not even involved in the election as they are neither candidates in the election or key opposition party leaders in the state. What then is their business in the case that they are seeking to disqualify the winners and nullify their victory? Whose interest are they fighting for? It is simply meddling in what does not concern them.

(2). The earlier ruling of the Supreme Court is very important too. Soludo’s candidacy was challenged before the election. The matter dragged to the Supreme Court. Days to the Anambra election, the Apex Court gave a landmark ruling recognizing Soludo as the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in the Anambra election. By the virtue of that ruling, the issue of error in filling form would have been overtaken by events. All the lower courts took note of that ruling and they cannot go against the judgment of the Supreme Court on the same matter.

(3). INEC listed Soludo and Ibezim as APGA’s governorship candidate: True, Soludo and Ibezim might have made the said mistake while filling their nomination forms. But, it was later corrected by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, before the election. In its final list after the Supreme Court judgement, INEC listed Soludo and Ibezim as APGA governorship and deputy governorship candidates respectively. They then went on to win the election. These three factors would have contributed to their victory in the case seeking to disqualify them which was dismissed yesterday.

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