The Supreme court has finally settled the gubernatorial candidacy dispute in the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) affirming Professor Chukwuma Soludo as the party’s flag bearer in the Anambra governorship election of 6th November 2021.
The ruling came after over two hours of fierce legal tussle by lawyers on Thursday, October 14, in Abuja.
The court also upheld the judgement of the Kano Division Court of Appeal, delivered on August 10, which had also upheld Chief Victor Oye as the National Chairman of the APGA and validated the primary election that threw up Soludo.
In a five-man panel of justices’ judgment, the appeal filed by Jude Okeke was dismissed on the ground of being an abuse of court process.
Justice Mary Peter Odili delivered the lead judgment and awarded a sum of N1 million to be paid by Jude Okeke to APGA and Victor Oye.
The Victor Oye faction of APGA had conducted the primary that produced Prof Charles Soludo as its governorship candidate in the forthcoming November 6, election in Anambra state.
The Supreme Courte held that the Court of Appeal, Kano Division, was right when it overruled a Jigawa State High Court judgement that recognised a parallel primary election that was conducted by the Jude Okeke-led faction of APGA.