Court directs INEC to include Soludo and Uba as candidates in November guber race

A high Court sitting in Awka, the Anambra state capital has directed INEC to publish the name of the former CBN governor Prof Charles Soludo as APGA’s candidate in the forth coming November governorship election in the state.

Nwabufo Nwoye reports that, Justice Chukwudi Okaa in his judgement ordered that the name of Chukwuma Umeoji be removed as the party s governorship candidate and ordered him to stop parading himself as the party s candidate in the November 6th, governorship election. Justice Okaa while reaffirming that Dr Victor Oye is the authentic National Chairman of the party says Dr Oye has the right to conduct the party s primary and produce a candidate of the party in the forth coming election. The court also directed that Mr Jude Okeke and Edozie Njoku should stop parading themselves as National chairmen of the party.
Similarly, another high Court in Awka has also ordered INEC to include the name of senator Ogochukwu Uba as the PDP governorship candidate. Handling down his judgement, Justice Obiora Nwabunike said the primary that produced senator Uba was the authentic one. Although the court upheld the argument of Valentine Ozigbo that party primary was an internal affair, the judge said it cannot be valid when there is a subsisting judgement which has not been vacated. The court awarded ten million naira as demages against Mr. Valentine Ozigbo and the PDP.

Meanwhile, the Jude Okeke led faction of the All Progressives Grand Alliance-APGA, has reacted to the federal high court sitting in Awka, the Anambra capital, affirming Charles Soludo, former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria as the candidate of the Party ahead of the governorship election in the state.

APGA factional national publicity secretary Ikechukwu Chukwunyere at a media briefing in Abuja says the decision Will be challenged in Court.

Professor Charles Soludo belongs to the Victor Oye-led faction of APGA .

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