The name of a former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and a factional candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in the November 8, governorship election in Anambra State, Chukwuma Soludo is conspicuously missing from the screen list released by the INEC on Friday.
Also missing on the list is the name of the candidate of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Valentine Ozibo.
While the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) published the name of a factional candidate of APGA, Chukwuma Micheal Umeoji as the party candidate, the PDP candidate was missing because of a court case.
According to a statement by the INEC spokesman, Festus Okoye, has skipped the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on the list of cleared candidates for the November 6 Anambra governorship election.
The Commission, in a statement by its National Commissioner and Chairman Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, an Abuja High Court has ordered the electorla body not to clear the candidate of PDP.
The Abuja court in a ruling on Thursday asked the INEC to suspend the moves to publish any name as the governorship candidate of the PDP for the forthcoming election in Anambra State.
In his ruling on an ex parte application filed by one of the aspirants laying claim to the PDP’s ticket, the judge, Yusuf Halilu, directed INEC to maintain the status quo by not publishing any name as the party’s candidate in deference to ongoing proceedings.
“Order that all parties to this suit be put on notice, and I also further order that status quo shall be maintained by INEC by not publishing the name of any candidate as governorship candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice,” the enrolled order of the court read in part.
Valentine Ozibo and Ugochukwu Uba had emerged as the PDP’s governorship candidate from parallel primary elections.
Soludo is the candidate being backed by the APGA faction loyal to the State Governor, Willie Obiano.
The action of the INEC has thrown the camp of the governor into disarray as sources said strategic meeting is currently going on the state capital to fashion out the next line of action.