The Supreme Court has today confirmed Prof. Charles Soludo as the bonafide governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) ahead of the forthcoming gubernatorial election in Anambra State and Victor Oye as the national chairman of the party. Also, the apex court’s judgement upheld the earlier verdict of the Kano State Division of the Court of Appeal, which validated the primary election that produced Prof. Soludo as the party’s candidate ahead of the November 6, 2021 election. This was affirmed A five-man panel led by Justice Mary Odili
The Court of Appeal then negated a Jigawa State High Court judgement that recognized a parallel primary election that was conducted by the Jude Okeke-led faction of APGA.
At the initial primaries, he got 740 votes to defeat five other aspirants. However, another faction led by Jude Okeke rejected Mr Soludo’s emergence and subsequently organized a parallel primary on July 1st.
Chukwuma Umeoji and Obiageli Orogbu emerged as the governorship and deputy governorship candidates of the party in the parallel primary election.
Subsequently citing court decisions, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), in July, removed the names of Mr Soludo, and his running mate, Onyekachi Ibezim, from the list of various parties’ candidates cleared for the forthcoming election and replaced them with Chukwuma Umeoji and Obiageli Orogbu as the governorship and deputy governorship candidates of APGA.
INEC has now cleared 18 political parties for the forthcoming governorship election in the state.