The Independent National Electoral Commision (INEC) on Thursday published the list of candidates for the Anambra State November 6 governorship poll.
In the latest list, INEC replaced Michael Umeoji with Chukwuma Soludo as the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) was excluded from the list of cleared candidats.
INEC National Commissioner, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, in a statement said that the timetable 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).
Okoye said that by the deadline of July 30 2021, seven governorship and eleven deputy governorship candidates were substituted by eleven out of the eighteen political parties.
He confirmed that 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 election.
The INEC Commissoner said that the final list of candidates would be published on October 7 2021 as provided in the timetable and schedule of activities for the election.
The campaign organization of factional governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, in Anambra State, Chukwuma Umeoji, has rejected the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to publish Charles Soludo as the governorship candidate of the party.
Umeoji described INEC’s action as contempt of valid order of Owerri High Court, which affirmed his candidacy noting that the action cannot survive his ongoing legal onslaught.
Also, Jude Okeke, factional Chairman of the party, said he was considering contempt proceedings against INEC, insisting that Umeoji remains the flag bearer of the party in the November election.
“This publication by INEC is unknown to law and should be discountenanced as we would not be party to aiding INEC in violating the laws of our land.” He noted.