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Anambra Poll: INEC Releases Candidates’ List, Omits Soludo, PDP

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Friday released the list of candidates for Anambra State governorship election but omitted former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor, Charles Soludo, as well as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Nigeria’s electoral body instead listed a member of the House of Representatives from another faction of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Chukwuma Umeoji as the flagbearer for Soludo’s party.

“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’s National Commissioner and Chairman Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, said in a statement as he assured of the body’s continued obedience to the country’s laws.

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“In line with section 31(3) of the Electoral Act, 2010(as amended) the personal particulars of the candidates will be published in the Commission’s Notice Board in Awka, Anambra State while the names of the candidates, their gender, party, age, qualification and the Commission’s decision/ remarks are herein attached.”

Before the primary poll, Anambra’s ruling party had suffered a series of crises, leading to the emergence of two factions.

Although the Victor Oye-led group had done the primary which was won by Soludo, another poll conducted by the Jude Okeke faction saw Umeoji coasting home to victory.

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