INEC okays Soludo candidacy
Independent National Electoral Commission today 19 August okays candidacy of APGA’s Prof. Chukwuma Soludo for 6 November governorship polls.
A spokesperson, Chief Festus Okoye, said the Commission relied on an Kano Court of Appeal judgement to make the switch.
INEC had hitherto cleared a factional candidate, Hon. Chukwuma Umeoji, as the APGA candidate for the election.
Stung by the switch, the Chief Victor Oye-led faction robustly challenged the cases that the Jude Okeke-led faction spread in several courts.
Thus, APGA lawyers simultaneously defended and challenged legal traps set for the Oye faction in Kano, Abuja, Awka and Owerri.
APGA national Chairman, Chief Victor Oye took to Facebook to announce the development.
He said that consequently, APGA “will now fire on all cylinders to mobilize the people of Anambra State to win the November 6, 2021 governorship election.”
He also described winning as “a sacred duty” which the party “owes to the people.”
INEC okays Soludo candidacy for Anambra polls
PDP’s Ozigbo is still in limbo
The INEC announcement, however said nothing about the candidate of the opposition PDP, Chief Valentine Ozigbo.
INEC’s Chief Okoye offered no explanations for the continued exclusion of the PDP and its candidate from the race.
It is generally believed that the election will come down to a straight fight between Ozigbo and Soludo come 6 November 2021.
However, both frontrunners struggled to clear several legal hurdles that factional party rivals laid on their way to the candidacy.