Soludo Won, But Ozigbo May Be Sworn In On March 17, 2022

Soludo and Val

If the court on November 30, slated for judgement agrees on the arguments on the error in the form EC9 and sacks Soludo as the governor elect, Mr Valentine Chineto Ozigbo of PDP who scored the second highest of number of votes on November 6 Anambra state governorship election will be sworn in on March 17, 2022.

Let’s look at the suit again.

According to the plaintiffs – Adindu Valentine and Egwudike Chukwuebuka, Prof Soludo in form EC9 which he filed to INEC under oath indicated in the affidavit that he was contesting the Aguata 2 Constituency seat when, in fact, he was contesting the Anambra governorship seat.

In 2007, INEC conducted a Governorship election in Anambra state and declared Andy Uba as duly elected. Peter Obi went to court and the Supreme court agreed that as at the time INEC conducted the gubernatorial election in Anambra state in 2007 that there was no need for a guber election because Peter Obi’s tenure was still running.

If you relate that scenario to this pending case against Soludo who under oath told INEC that he was contesting for election in Aguata state Constituency II, the implication is that as at November 6, 2021 there was no vacancy in Aguata constituency II seat and that the tenure of Hon Dr Okechukwu Okoye who is the Aguata constituency II elected representative is still running. Therefore, like Andy Uba in 2007, Soludo was wrongly declared.

Another example is the decision of the Supreme court to sack the governor-elect of Bayelsa state because his deputy governorship candidate missplet his name which the Supreme court viewed as a false information.

In the case of Bayelsa, the Supreme court said Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo, the deputy governor elect presented false information to INEC.

However, in the case of Anambra, the plaintiffs are contesting that the governor elect, Prof Soludo provided false information in the affidavit (Form EC9) that he submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission and should be deemedj unqualified to stand for election.

On November 30, if INEC finds merit on the case, it will order for the swearing in of the Mr Valentine Ozigbo of PDP who came second on November 6 Anambra state governorship election.

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