The decision to whether or not to challenge the declaration of Charles Soludo as the winner of the Anambra state election will be made by the national leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its governorship candidate, Senator Andy Uba.
Nigerian Tribune reports that Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo state made the remark on Tuesday, December 7, after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The chairman of the APC Anambra State Campaign Council while speaking to State House reporters said the fact that Buhari had already congratulated Soludo has no bearing on the decision.
According to Uzodimma, the president congratulated Soludo because the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared him winner of the keenly contested poll, Daily Trust added.
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Uzodimma also dismissed the insinuation that because of the prevailing economic and security situations in Nigeria, the ruling APC might not return to power.
Court dismisses suit seeking disqualification of Soludo as Anambra governor-elect
Legit.ng previously reported that a Federal High Court in Abuja dismissed a suit that sought to disqualify the governorship and deputy governorship candidates of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in the last governorship election in Anambra state.
The plaintiffs Adindu Valentine and Egwudike Chukwuebuka are contending that Soludo and Ibezim provided false information in the affidavit (Form EC9) that they submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and should be declared as unqualified to stand for election.
In the suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/711/2021 the plaintiffs claimed that Soludo indicated, in his Form EC9, Aguata 2, Anambra Constituency as the position he was contesting when, in fact, he was contesting the Anambra governorship seat.
Big challenge for Soludo as tribunal begins sitting Thursday, December 9
Similarly, a tribunal sitting in Awka, the Anambra state capital city will commence hearing of all the petitions filed against the governor-elect of the state on Thursday, December 9.
A total of 12 political parties have filed different suits against the emergence of Soludo as governor-elect of Anambra in the November 6, governorship election.
The secretary of the Anambra state governorship election petition tribunal sitting in the state judiciary headquarters, Surajo Gusau, said only exparte motions would be taken on Thursday, December 9.