Today 01/12/2021, the Federal High Court, Abuja gave its verdict on the matter before it; A suit seeking to disqualify the Anambra State Governor Elect, Prof Charles Soludo and His Deputy Governor Elect, Dr Onyekachukwu Ibezim.
His Lordship, Hon Justice Taiwo of the Federal High Court while striking the case out ruled that;
• The alleged information is neither a qualifying nor disqualifying factor for election to the office of Governor of a state. MISTAKE IN AN AFFIDAVIT IS NOT SAME AS GIVING FALSIFIED INFORMATION WHICH IS “CRIMINAL ” IN NATURE AND PUNISHABLE UNDER THE LAW. Therefore, is not a grounds to actuate disqualification of a candidate under the electoral act (as amended 2010).
• An affidavit can be amended after it was sworn under the Civil Procedure Rules Practice Direction.
Finally, His Lordship, Hon Justice Taiwo stated that the suit before him is frivolous, lacked merit and unnecessary waste of time of court and the defendants. Issues of falsification are criminal and must be proven beyond reasonable doubts. The issues raised do not amount to falsity. All Nigerians not only politicians, must come together to deepen our democracy. He also award cost of two million naira against the Plaintiffs.