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Court okays Soludo for Anambra poll

By Ikechukwu Nnochiri
An Abuja High Court Monday struck out a suit challenging the legality of the process adopted by the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), in choosing the former Central Bank Governor as its candidate in the 2010 governorship election in Anambra State.

The suit, struck out by Justice Danlami Senchi, was instituted by four dissatisfied gubernatorial aspirants of the party, who had gone to court to invalidate the said nomination.

They also sought to restrain the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), from recognising or accepting Soludo’s candidacy, alleging that he emerged through a kangaroo process.

The plaintiffs were Mr. Valentine Ozigboh, Mrs. Victoria Nwankwo, Mrs. Nkoli Imo and Mr Ferdinand Okoye.

They had contended that the party bastardised its constitution and Article 17 of its electoral guidelines, by allegedly not allowing a fair play ground for all the aspirants for the Anambra governorship position.

The plaintiffs added that the purported congress held by the party at the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja, on October 9, was in total disregard to a subsisting order made by an Anambra High Court in Aguata on October 7, which, they said, forbade PDP from conducting its state congress on October 9 as earlier scheduled.

In his ruling, yesterday, Justice Senchi noted that the alleged illegality by PDP was perfected on October 9, while the suit that culminated into the restraining order was instituted on October 21 and the order granted on October 23, this year.

Before striking out the suit, the judge relied on the decided case law of Ehinlawo Vrs Oke, to insist that the nomination of a candidate by a political party was within the purview of intra-party domestic affair, which he said the court lacked the jurisdiction to adjudicate on.

He told the plaintiffs to go back to the Anambra High Court whose order was allegedly violated, for redress.


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