( Updated) APGA legal tussle: Supreme Court says Victor Oye is national chairman, affirms Soludo as party’s Anambra guber candidate

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The Supreme Court, on Thursday, laid to rest the legal battles that have plagued the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).

This is as the apex court resolved the questions of who the authentic chairmanship of the party and governorship candidate of the party in the November 6 Anambra guber election are.

The court declared Victor Oye as the authentic chairman while it affirmed Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo as the governorship candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) in the coming November 6 gubernatorial election.

In the judgment of a five-man panel of Justices of the court, the appeal filed by one Jude Okeke was dismissed on the grounds of being an abuse of court process and lacking in merit and substance.

Justice Mary Odili who delivered the lead judgment awarded a sum of one million naira against Jude Okeke to be paid to APGA and Victor Oye.

Justice Odili upheld the judgment of the Court of Appeal, Kano division, which had earlier dismissed the suit of Okeke.

The apex court lambasted the appellants for engaging in forum shopping and crass abuse of court process to get favourable judgment to suit their own purposes.

The unanimous judgment also took swipe at Okeke and some lawyers for attempting to mislead the court through multiple cases over the same subject matters.

Justice Odili noted that the appellants in the desperate bid to abuse the court moved their cases from Anambra states to Imo and later to Jigawaa state where they eventually got judgment in their favour on March 31, 2021.

The Jigawa high court judgment delivered in March was however voided and set aside by the Court of Appeal, Kano division, on March 8, 2021, on the grounds that the high court of Jigawa lacked jurisdiction to have entertained the suit.

Justice Odili upheld the Court of Appeal decision that the Jigawa high court lacked jurisdiction and the setting aside of the court’s finding.

The Supreme Court also agreed that the election of officers of political parties was an internal affairs of respective parties and could not be challenged in court.

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