Dr. Godwin Maduka, the Accord Party’s candidate for governor of Anambra State in the recently concluded governorship election, has withdrawn a petition challenging Professor Chukwuma Soludo’s victory.
The petition was consequently dismissed by a three-member panel consisting of Justice B. Mohammed, Justice Edem Akpan, and Justice O.H. Oyajimi.
Mr. N.D. Agu, Maduka’s lawyer, had submitted an application with the tribunal, requesting that the case be dismissed because his client was no longer interested in the petition.
Agu argued that, despite having properly filed the petition, none of the respondents had been served, and that, as a result, the petition should be struck out in accordance with order 56, rule 2 subparagraph 1 of the Federal High Court Civil Procedure Rules of 2019, which he supported with an application, because the petitioner was no longer interested in the petition.
Meanwhile, the tribunal has directed INEC to enable Soludo and Uba to check electoral materials with the help of the police and the Department of State Services (DSS).
Mr. S.I Ezeokenwa, counsel for Soludo and INEC, had previously requested that the tribunal allow joint scrutiny of the election materials, which the tribunal approved.
Despite the fact that the DAILY POST previously reported that 11 political parties had filed petitions to overturn Prof Soludo’s victory, there are indications that four of the parties may withdraw their petitions before the end of the month due to issues the candidates were said to be having with their party leadership.
Some stakeholders had pressured Senator Andy Uba, a candidate for the All Progressives Congress in the election, not to contest Soludo’s win in court.