Simplyfing the controversy in Prof Soludo’s INEC form

Ikechukwu Emeka Onyia

By Ikechukwu Emeka Onyia

Question from the INEC form:

What position are you contesting for Prof Soludo in Anambra State?

Prof Soludo:
I am contesting for Aguata Constituency II (House of Assembly).

Question 2:
All the answers you provide in this form must be correct and accurate prof.

Prof Soludo: Oh yes. I became a professor at the age of 30 years. So do not worry about the form. All my answers in this form are accurate.

Question 3:

Prof, if you are sure of the information you filled in this form, you have to swear an oath in the court via affidavit to prove all the information you provided on this form are correct and accurate.

Prof Soludo: Yes. I am very sure of all the information I provided in this form and ready to bear the consequences if otherwise.

Question 4:
Prof, fill a repeat of the position you are contesting on the next page before you go for a court affidavit. Which position again?

Prof Soludo: I am contesting for Aguata Constituency II State Assembly.

Question 5:
Prof you can now go and swear an oath in the court through an affidavit that all the information you submitted here is accurate and true.

Prof Soludo: I am back with an affidavit that I am contesting for Aguata Constituency II State house of Assembly.

•• After Prof Soludo submitted his form, some citizens of Anambra State realised that while his posters in Anambra State shows that he is contesting for the governor of Anambra State, he filled his form that he is running for House of Assembly. Empowered by section 31(5) of the electoral Act, some Anambra citizens went to Court against Prof Soludo even before the election.

Read:
ELECTORAL ACT, 2010 (AS AMENDED)

Section 31 (5) provide thus;

“A person who has reasonable grounds to believe that any information given by a candidate in the affidavit or any document submitted by that candidate is false may file a suit at the High Court of a State or Federal High Court against such person seeking a declaration that the information contained in the affidavit is false”.

Section 31 (6) further provide thus;

“If the Court determines that any of the information contained in the affidavit or any document submitted by that candidate is false, the Court shall issue an order disqualifying the candidate from contesting the election”.

The above narrative is to help us look at what APGA people referred to as ‘error’ ooo.

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