Chukwuma Soludo, governor of Anambra state is in Abuja, Elendu Reports has learnt.
According to sources close to the Awka Government House, governor Soludo travelled to the United Kingdom on January 19th when the Supreme Court replied to Chief Edozie Njoku’s letter asking the apex Court for clarification of its judgment on the APGA leadership crisis.
The Supreme Court’s reply asking Njoku to file a motion through Order 8 rule 16 of the Court’s rules also acknowledged that the ruling of October 14th, 2021 had errors. The Chairman of the 5-man Supreme Court panel which gave the judgment on October 14th, 2021, Justice Mary Ukaego Peter-Odili, rtd. acknowledged that there was a ‘trajectory of errors’ which led to the misplacement of Edozie Njoku’s name as the chairman whose removal was deemed not justiceable. Victor Oye was named as that chairman in the judgment of October 14th, 2021.
Elendure Reports has been informed that Prof. Chukwuma Soludo hurriedly returned to Nigeria from his trip to the UK. He is currently in Abuja trying to reach high-profile individuals who can influence the Supreme Court to delay the ruling on Edozie Njoku’s motion based on the Court’s advice for him to file through Order 8 rule 16. The motion was filed on January 23rd.
“Soludo knows that the APGA crisis is almost over based on the letter to Edozie Njoku from the Supreme Court. He has been moving around Abuja looking for those who can influence the Court to postpone its ruling until after the elections.”
According to this source, Prof. Soludo had promised Atiku Abubakar that he will deliver Anambra state to him while at the same time promising Asiwaju Tinubu that he would ensure that APC gets 25% of the votes in all the South East states.
Both sides, from different sources who spoke to Elendureports, had made substantial financial commitments to ensure that the promises made to them were kept.
Elendureports has been told that Gov. Soludo is yet to receive any ‘solid assurances’ as the Supreme Court is mindful of the electoral act and the implications of excluding Edozie Njoku’s faction as the authentic APGA.
Elendureportsonline.com was also informed that Prof. Soludo may have also met resistance at the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, as some national commissioners are unhappy with the untenable position the chairman, Prof. Yakubu Mahmood has put the Commission because of his relationship with Prof. Chukwuma Soludo.
“Look, we’re not kids at this level. We have known since early May 2022 that the Supreme Court has corrected its error of October 14th, 2021. We have known that Edozie Njoku is the National chairman of APGA. We have deferred to Prof. Mahmood and his wilful ignorance of a Supreme Court judgement. But we have come to the point where friends and even relatives are asking us if we’re blind to the Supreme Court judgements. Besides, some of us are not willing to go to jail for Mahmood’s friends and whatever pecuniary interests he has benefitted.”