INEC clears Andy Uba for APC ticket, excludes Soludo, Ozigbo from list of Anambra guber candidates

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has released the list of candidates for the Anambra governorship election, however, and two notable names are missing.

In the list published on Friday, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) picked Michael Umeoji over Former Central Bank governor, Charles Soludo as the standard-bearer for the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) even though he won the party’s primary election.

Another name missing was businessman, Valentine Ozigbo, who won the ticket for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

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INEC said it considered and enforced judgments and court orders that have been issued in relation to the primary elections that led to the emergence of some candidates.

The primary election victories of Soludo and Ozigbo were challenged by factions in their parties that also claimed rights to the winning tickets through factional primary elections.

Chukwuma Umeoji, the other acclaimed winner of the APGA’s factional primary election, was the one listed by INEC on Friday as the party’s legitimate candidate.

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No candidate was listed for the PDP following a judgment of an FCT High Court that ruled INEC should suspend moves to publish anyone’s name as the party’s candidate pending the hearing of a suit.

Ugochukwu Uba, a former senator, is the other person laying claim to the PDP’s ticket in opposition to Ozigbo’s emergence.

Andy Uba, also a former senator, was listed as the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

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Adaobi Okpeke of the National Rescue Movement (NRM) and Doreen Maduka-Arisa of the Action Alliance (AA) are the only women contesting the election.

The state governorship election will hold on November 6, 2021.

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