Friday, 23 August 2013

APGA Guber Polls: Soludo Loses In Court

 Former Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and Governorship aspirant of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) Professor Chukwuma Soludo on Friday lost in his bid to set aside his disqualification by the party's screening committee.

Delivering a ruling in the ex-parte application brought by Soludo seeking for a judicial review of his disqualification, an Abuja High Court Presided over by Justice Peter Affen held that the court lacks the jurisdiction to grant the order for a judicial review as the action that is sought to be reviewed was an action taken by a political party, which the court does not supervise.

Justice Affen argued that the law was now settled that who emerges as a candidate of a political party was the exclusive preserve of a political party.

He further posited that  the matter in question was the  primary of APGA, which was to be conducted in Awka in Anambra State, stressing that there was nothing to show that Soludo was disqualified in Abuja,and  therefore held that he  lacked the requisite territorial jurisdiction to entertain the suit.

Justice Affen further held that the purpose of judicial review was a supervisory jurisdiction of the High Court,arguing that a political party does not fall in the categories of parties that its action can be reviewed by the court because the court does not supervise parties .

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