Anambra: INEC restores Soludo, running mate, drops PDP from governorship candidates’ list

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Independent National Electoral Commission on Thursday released an updated list of governorship and deputy governorship candidates for the November 6, 2021 gubernatorial election in Anambra State.

The list was attached to a statement by the
National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Mr. Festus Okoye.

It restored the name of the All Progressives Grand Alliance candidate, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo;  and his running mate, Ibezim Onyedikachukwu Gilbert, on the basis of the order of the Court of Appeal in Kano.

It also published the name of the substituted deputy governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Chukwuemeka Stephen Okafor.

A shocking development was the absence of the Peoples Democratic Party on the list.

The party is currently embroiled in court cases over who between Mr. Valentine Ozigbo and Senator Ugochukwu Uba is its authentic candidate.

The statement by Okoye reads: “The Commission met today Thursday 19th August 2021 and deliberated on a number of issues, including the nomination of candidates for the Anambra Governorship election holding on 6th November 2021.

The Timetable and Schedule of Activities approved by the Commission on 18th January 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 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.

Similarly, the Commission was served with the judgement of the Court of Appeal (Kano Division) which set aside the judgement 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 7th October 2021 as provided in the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the election.”