By VincentÂ Ujumadu
Awka – THE governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the February 6, 2010 election in Anambra State, Prof Chukwuma Soludo, has said in Awka that it will no longer be easy for those who dump PDP for other political parties onlyÂ to return after failing in their new parties.
Addressing his supporters in Awka, Soludo noted that those who were telling people that they would return to PDP after winning election in another party were insincere, adding that for such people to campaign against the party means that they are not loyal party men.
According to him, it was the same people who called themselves members of PDP that were funding cases against the party at the courts while they were negotiating for governorship tickets in other parties, insisting that anybody who leaves the party should no longer be allowed smooth sail back into the party.
He said: â€œLet me tell you that there are three other contestants for the office of governor who believe that they will never make it if Soludo participates in the election. When we came out and declared that we must insist on free and fair election, many of them were not comfortable. They then went to court and started plotting how to stop Soludo. One of them even told people that he was ready to use 50 per cent of his campaign budget to stop us as he felt that the election would be half won if I did not participate.
â€œOn Wednesday, they said everything was over for Soludo and they were drinking Champagne that even if we went to the Supreme Court, the matter would linger until the end of the election in February. But God in His infinite mercy came to our side. This was the same strategy they used in 2007 when they excluded the serving governor and others from contesting the election. I tell you that it is not those names that appear on the charge sheet that are funding the case against us.
“Their sponsors are behind and people know them. Even with our victory at the Supreme Court, the battle is still not over and we want you to be prepared for future battles. They will be trying, but we are sure that after the election, Prof Chukwuma Charles Soludo will win and will be declared the next governor of Anambra State.â€
Meanwhile, the Soludo Campaign Organisation has congratulated PDP on the Supreme Court ruling which affirmed the partyâ€™s candidacy of its principal and Senator Emma Anosike as running mate for the Anambra 2010 poll.
The campaign organisation said in a statement by its director, media and communications, Christian Udechukwu: â€œThe Supreme Court by its ruling which set aside the Appeal Court order has confirmed the PDP candidacy of Prof Chukwuma Soludo and Senator Emma Anosike for Anambra State governorship election in February 2010. We congratulate our great party PDP on this huge victory.â€
The statement added: â€œSoludo salutes the wisdom and courage of the Supreme Court judges who have demonstrated their supremacy by vacating the order of the Appeal Court today. The order had given an unfair advantage to 24 out of the 25 political parties registered to contest the 2010 elections in Anambra State. We commend the dispatch with which the judges have scheduled and dealt with this matter. The Supreme Court ruling is also a reaffirmation of the rights of political parties to conduct their internal affairs without intimidation and fear of external interference.â€
In another statement, yesterday, the Soludo Campaign Organisation alerted that some governorship aspirants in Anambra State, following in the footsteps of Andy Uba, have decided to ridicule Nigeriaâ€™s judicial system by applying for the reversal of the Supreme Court ruling on its principal, saying the act of requesting that the apex court should reverse itself on its own ruling is a demonstration of contempt for the highest court in Nigeria.