…Releases list of other contenders
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has confirmed Professor Chukwuma Charles Soludo as the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, for the forthcoming November 6 governorship election in Anambra State.
The new decision followed a court order by the Court of Appeal in Kano State which dismissed the earlier order of the Jigawa High Court issued in July on this leadership of APGA and the emergence of the CBN governor in the last governorship primaries.
INEC in a news release yesterday signed by Festus Okoye, its spokesman, said seven governorship candidates and 11 deputy candidates had been substituted by 11 of the 18 parties participating in the governorship race.
“The Timetable and Schedule of Activities approved by the Commission on 18th January provides for the withdrawal/substitution of candidates in line with Sec. 35 of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).
“Accordingly, by the deadline of 30th July 2021 fixed by the Commission, seven (7) Governorship and eleven (11) Deputy Governorship candidates were substituted by eleven (11) out of the eighteen (18) political parties,” Okoye said.
In the list, Andy Uba and Ifeanyi Ubah remain the respective governorship candidates of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and Young Progressive Congress, YPP.
The Peoples Democratic Party is still excluded from the list of cleared candidates for the poll.
Okoye said: “The commission met today (Thursday August 19, 202) and deliberated on a number of issues, including the nomination of candidates for the Anambra Governorship election holding on November 6 2021.
“The timetable and schedule of activities approved by the commission on January 18 2021 provides for the withdrawal/substitution of candidates in line with Sec. 35 of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).
“Accordingly, by the deadline of July 30 2021 fixed by the commission, seven (7) governorship and eleven (11) deputy governorship candidates were substituted by eleven (11) out of the eighteen (18) political parties.
“Similarly, the commission was served with the judgment of the Court of Appeal (Kano Division) which set aside the judgment of the High Court of Jigawa State on the leadership of APGA and the nomination of its candidates for the Anambra Governorship election.
“The list of substitute candidates is attached to this Press Release. It has also been published on the commission’s website.
“However, the final list of candidates will be published on October 7, 2021 as provided in the timetable and schedule of activities for the election.”