A Federal High Court in Abuja has dismissed a suit seeking the disqualification of Prof. Charles Chukwuma Soludo as the governor-elect of Anambra State.
In the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/711/2021, Adindu Valentine and Egwudike Chukwuebuk, the plaintiffs, had alleged that Soludo provided false information in the affidavit (Form EC9) that he submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and thus should be deemed unqualified to stand for election.
The applicants contended that Soludo and Onyeka Ibezim, deputy governor-elect, indicated, in their forms, that they were contesting the Aguata 2 and Awka 2 constituency seats respectively instead of the Anambra governorship seat.
Justice Taiwo Oladipupo Taiwo, in a judgment, described the suit as frivolous, irritating, and lacking in merit.
The judge awarded a punitive cost of N2 million against the two plaintiffs to be paid to Soludo and his deputy, Ibezim.