JUST IN: Court dismisses suit challenging Soludo’s nomination as APGA candidate

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The Federal High Court sitting at Awka Judicial Division, presided by Justice H. A. Nganjiwa Friday, December 10, dismissed the suit brought by a sitting House of Representatives member, Hon Okwudili Ezenwankwo challenging the nomination of Prof Charles Soludo as the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) for the Anambra State Governorship election.

Hon Ezenwankwo had approached the court with SUIT NO:FHC/AWK/CS/43/2021 HON. OKWUDILI EZENWANKWO V APGA & Ors, seeking to nullify the primary election of APGA held on the 23rd of June, 2021.

Ezenwankwo alleged that APGA did not conduct the Adhoc Delegates’ Congress to elect the delegates that would vote at the primary election. He thus contended that the purported non conduct of the delegates’ election vitiated the nomination of Prof Charles Soludo as the candidate of APGA.

APGA had through its team of lawyers led by PIN Ikwueto SAN challenged the jurisdiction of the court to hear the matter on the grounds, inter alia, that the suit was statute barred and that the complaint of the plaintiff bothers on the internal affairs of APGA which is non justiciable.

While delivering its judgment earlier today, the Honourable court agreed with the submissions of the learned senior Advocate for the defendants, Ikwueto SAN.

The court held that the suit filed by the plaintiff was indeed statute barred and liable to be dismissed. The court however upheld the contention that the subject matter of the suit bothers on the internal affairs of APGA, an issue which is non justiciable. Consequently, the Honourable court dismissed the suit.

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