By Enyim Enyim, Onitsha
The Soludo campaign organization yesterday described as welcome development the yesterday Abuja court of Appeal ruling restraining the Peoples Democratic Party Candidate for the 2010 governorship election in Anambra State, Professor Chukwuma Soludo from further carrying out any electioneering campaign activities pending the hearing of the substantive suit of the earlier matter filed against him.
Reacting to the court ruling, the state publicity secretary of the party, chief Joseph Oforkansi, who told newsmen that the PDP and campaign organization would comply with the ruling said it was not a judgment and did not in any way disqualify Soludo and his deputy, Emma Anosike from contesting the election.
â€œ The party and the campaign organization welcome the Appeal Court ruling and we will comply with it as law abiding party men and good citizens of Nigeria. The Appeal court ruling for sure will be vacated on December 13.â€
While appealing to the members of the organization and the PDP to be steadfast in their support for the Soludo/ Anosike ticket and not to panic over the court ruling, Oforkansi also urged the people of the state to give their support to the duo for a better Anambra state.
He said the issue of substitution of candidates by political parties on December 8 did not apply to the candidate because the matter was no longer Soludo/ Anosike but the PDP that has taken over control of the campaign.
â€œThe national chairman, on Thursday at the Holy Trinity Onitsha, told you that Soludoâ€™s emergence was divined by God and that tells you that they(PDP) will not substitute Soludo for any other candidate, he went on.
In a separate briefing, the director media and publicity of the Soludo campaign organization, Mr Christian Udechukwu, described the ruling as a positive development because it showed the judiciary was living up to its expectation.
He said in spite of the ruling the ticket of Soludo/ Anosike can not be changed by the court, saying that it was only the party that had the right to choose who would contest on its platform.