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Anambra poll: Soludo missing as INEC publishes candidates’ list


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A Former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Prof. Charles Soludo, has been snubbed as the candidate of All Progressives Grand Alliance in the Anambra State governorship election scheduled for November 6.

The Independent National Electoral Commission has declared a member of the House of Representatives, Chukwuma Michael Umeoji in place of Soludo, following a leadership crisis with two APGA factions claiming supremacy prior to the primaries.

The PUNCH reports that while the Victor Oye-led faction conducted the primaries that produced Soludo, the Jude Okeke faction conducted the primary poll that declared Umeoji as the party’s candidate.

However, in a statement by INEC’s National Commissioner and Chairman (Information and Voter Education Committee), Festus Okoye, after its meeting held in Abuja on Thursday, the commission said the decisions (including that of other parties) were based on obedience to court orders served on INEC in relation to the primaries of the political parties and other processes leading to the election.

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The commission in the decision published on Friday also dropped the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Valentine Ozigbo while Andy Uba, who won the controversial primaries of All progressives Congress, was named as the candidate of the party.

Also, a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Abuja had on Thursday ordered INEC to suspend the moves to publish any name as the governorship candidate.

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Delivering his ruling on an ex parte application filed by one of the aspirants laying claim to the PDP’s ticket, Justice Yusuf Halilu, directed INEC to maintain the status quo by not publishing any name as the party’s candidate in deference to ongoing proceedings.

“Order that all parties to this suit be put on notice, and I also further order that status quo shall be maintained by INEC by not publishing the name of any candidate as governorship candidate of Peoples Democratic Party pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice,” the enrolled order of the court read in part.

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Valentine Ozibo and Ugochukwu Uba had emerged as the PDP’s governorship candidates from parallel primary elections.

Both are laying claim to the party’s ticket ahead of November 6, 2021 governorship election in Anambra State.

But Okoye said the commission would continue to act in consonance with the constitution and the law and will continue to obey the judgments and orders of courts served on it.

According to the list, 18 political parties and candidates would participate in the November poll.

Okoye added that the personal particulars of the candidates would be published in the Commissions Notice Board in Awka, Anambra State.