A Federal Capital Territory, FCT, High Court yesterday, refused an application by a former Governor of Central Bank, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, to reverse his disqualification from contesting the gubernatorial primary of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, saying it lacked the “territorial jurisdiction” to entertain the matter, more so that the primary election would be held in Anambra State, and not Abuja, where the application was filed”.
The former CBN governor had, through his counsel, Ikechukwu Ezechukwu, SAN, filed an ex parte motion, to set aside his disqualification, by the All Progressives Grand Alliance APGA in the forthcoming Anambra election, citing violation of both the party’s constitution as well as the 1999 Constitution, as amended.
In his ruling, the trial judge, Justice Peter Affen, held that the court lacked the “territorial jurisdiction” to entertain the matter, more so that the primary election would be held in Anambra State, and not Abuja, where the application was filed.
The Judge further held that the selection of candidates to represent a political party in an election, was entirely the “exclusive preserve” of political parties, which the court could not interfere with.
“The applicant’s grouse is that the screening panel disqualified him from primary elections and the appeal panel sustained the disqualification on the grounds that he is under EFCC investigation.
“The law is clear that the nomination of a candidate for an election is an exclusive right of a political party.
“It is not for the court to determine who should be the candidate of a political party”.