Former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN),
Prof. Chukwuma Soludo’s dream of becoming the next
governor of Anambra state has again been shattered as All
Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) Screening Committee has disqualified him from contesting the November 16 governorship elections under its platform.
This disqualification comes as a huge shock to the
supporters of the former CBN governor who has just decamped from his People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling APGA to actualize his governorship ambition.
Many believe an assurance to pick APGA’s governorship
ticket may have informed his decision to dump PDP under which platform he contested the last governorship election in the state.
The 3-man screening committee also disqualified five
other candidates. They are Emmanuel Nweke, Ogbuefi Tony
Nnaechetta, Chinedu Francis Idigo, Dr. Chike Obidigbo and Oseloka Obaze.
A statement signed by Chairman of the Governorship
Screening panel, led by Alhaji Tayo Sowunmi said seven candidates were approved by the committee to contest the party’s primaries.
Those cleared are, Hon. Chukwuemeka Emmanuel
Nwogbo, Paul Odenigbo, Hon. Uche Lillian Ekwunife, Chief Willie Obiano, John Nwosu, John Okechukwu Emeka and Nwachi Patrick Obianwu.
Our correspondent gathered that reasons for
disqualifying the candidates include non-presentation of voter’s card, incomplete certificate, lack of evidence of financial strength and non- submission of tax clearance.
Meanwhile one of the disqualified candidates Dr. Chike
Obidigbo has appealed to his supporters to remain calm even as he vowed to appeal his disqualification.
In an online statement sent to okGist, Bar
Idigo said the disqualification came to him as a surprise adding that he will explore all available means, including rhe appeal panel, to get back into the race.
“The outcome of the screening came to me as a
surprise. As a loyal party man and a firm believer in the rule of law, I have notified the leadership of our great party that I am going to prepare my appeal immediately and submit to the Appeal Panel today
“I therefore urge my supporters to remain calm while
we get the party to correct this mistake by the three-man panel.” Idigo stated