Anambra 2021: APGA’s Candidate is Umeoji, Not Soludo-Court Reminds INEC

By Ernest Omoarelojie

A Federal High Court has ruled that Chukwuma Umeoji is the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, in the November 6 governorship election in Anambra state. It also ruled that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, should recognize Umeoji in that capacity.
The court, presided over by Justice B. C. Iheka, gave the ruling in a suit filed by Chike Dike against the Independent National Electoral Commission, All Progressives Grand Alliance and Jude Okeke, as the first, second and third respondents, respectively.
In his judgement howeverJustice Iheka, dismissed the plaintiff’s claims on the ground that they failed to align with statutory provisions.
“The plaintiff’s claims are hereby dismissed,” Justice Iheke ruled.
Consequently, Justice Iheka declared as follows:
“The third defendant is entitled to consequential orders, and I declare and order as follows: that the third defendant is a valid member of the second defendant and, therefore, based on Article 7(4) of the Constitution, the second defendant is entitled to all the rights and privileges pertaining to such membership.
That the National Convention of APGA held at Owerri, Imo State, 31st May, 2019, is valid, lawful and in accordance with the orders of the court and the law.
That the election of the national officers of APGA, including the election of the third defendant as the Deputy National Chairman (South) at the National Convention of the party held on 31st May, 2019, at Owerri, Imo State, is valid and lawful.
That the suspension of the former National Chairman of the party, Edozie Njoku, is valid and subsisting, and in compliance with the party constitution.”

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