By Citizens Platform
Former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria and a governorship aspirant of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo has asked an Abuja High Court to set aside his disqualification from the Anambra State gubernatorial election by the party’s screening committee.
In the an ex parte motion filed on Thursday and which will be heard today (Friday), Soludo argued that the screening panel’s decision violated the party’s constitution, as well as the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria.
Through his counsel, Ikechukwu Ezechukwu, SAN, Soludo is asking the court to set aside the party’s decision and to order the latter to maintain the status quo.
He also wants the court to grant an order of interim injunction restraining APGA from preventing him from participating in the party’s primary election, scheduled to hold on August 26, 2013, pending the determination of the motion on notice.
According to the ex parte motion, Soludo is asking for “an order of certiorari, removing the decision of the screening panel/appeal panel, dated 16th of August, 2013,” purporting to disqualify him from contesting the Anambra State gubernatorial primary election.
Also, he wants the court to make an “order quashing and setting aside the decision” of the screening panel “as being contrary to and ultra vires the constitution of APGA, the electoral guidelines for the Anambra State Governorship Primary Election 2013 made/approved by the National Executive Committee of APGA and being in flagrant violation of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended.”
It would be recalled that the APGA screening panel had last Friday disqualified Soludo and five other aspirants from vying for the November 16, 2013 election on the APGA platform.
Also disqualified are Emmanuel Nweke, Ogbuefi Tony Nnaechetta, Chinedu Francis Idigo, Dr. Chike Obidigbo, and Oseloka Obaze.
A statement signed by the chairman of the APGA gubernatorial screening panel, Alhaji Tayo Sowunmi, at the end of the panel’s sitting, explained that Soludo and the others failed the party’s test, while seven others passed the test.
Source: Citizens Platform
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