Finally, Professor Charles Soludo, has been named by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as APGA’s candidate in the Anambra gubernatorial election.
A list of governorship and deputy governorship candidates was released on Thursday by the Secretary to the commission, Rose Oriaran-Anthony.
The list has candidates of 12 parties but excluded the candidate of the PDP.
In another statement, the INEC National Commissioner and Chairman of Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, said the commission met on Thursday and discussed issues including the nomination of candidates for the election scheduled for November 6, 2021.
Speaking on how Charles Soludo was recognized as APGA’s candidate, Okoye said:
“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.”
Explaining why the commission dropped the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Valentine Ozigbo, in the updated list published on Thursday, Okoye said the commission had, in line with section 35 of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended), fixed July 31, 2021, as the deadline for withdrawal and substitution of candidates for the Anambra poll.
“By the deadline, seven governorship and 11 deputy governorship candidates were substituted by 11 out of the 18 political parties.”
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 final list of candidates will be published on October 7, 2021, as provided in the timetable and schedule of activities for the election.”