A new twist in the forthcoming Anambra State gubernatorial election is brewing tension following the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) blotting out the names of former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Charles Soludo as well as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from the candidates’ list for the poll.
Their names were missing from INEC’s list of candidates for the November 6 poll on Friday, July 16.
The Commission however, listed a member of the House of Representatives from another APGA faction, Chukwuma Umeoji as the party’s flagbearer.
INEC’s National Commissioner and Chairman Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, explained that INEC acted on the rulings and court orders served on the Commission over APGA’s primary; and other processes that led to the election.
“The Commission also considered and took cognizance of the Judgments/Court Orders served on it; in relation to the primaries of the political parties; and other processes leading to the election,” INEC explained.
“In line with section 31(3) of the Electoral Act, 2010(as amended); the personal particulars of the candidates will be published in the Commissions Notice Board in Awka, Anambra State; while the names of the candidates, their gender, party, age, qualification, and the Commissions decision/ remarks are herein attached.”