Anambra poll: INEC excludes PDP, Soludo, clears Andy Uba for APC

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The Independent National Electoral Commission has declared a member of the House of Representatives, Chukwuma Michael Umeoji, as flagbearer of the All Progressives Grand Alliance in the Anambra State governorship election scheduled for November 6.

The commission also named Andy Uba, who won the controversial primaries of All progressives Congress, as the party’s candidate.

This was announced in a statement by its National Commissioner and Chairman of Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, after its meeting in Abuja on Thursday.

The commission in the decision published on Friday also dropped the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Valentine Ozigbo.

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Okoye said the decisions were based on obedience to court orders served on INEC in relation to the primaries of the political parties and other processes leading to the election.

Prior to the primary elections, APGA had been locked in a leadership crisis with two factions claiming supremacy.

While the Victor Oye-led faction conducted the primaries that produced a former Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Prof Charles Soludo, the Jude Okeke faction conducted the primary poll that declared Umeoji as the party’s candidate.

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