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Anambra 2021: INEC recognises Umeoji, not Soludo, as APGA’s candidate

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Independent National Electoral Commission has declared a sitting member of the House of Representatives Hon. Chukwuma Michael Umeoji as flagbearer of the All Progressives Grand Allaince in the Anambra State governorship election billed for November 6.

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The electoral umpire also named Andy Uba, who won the controversial primaries of All progressives Congress, APC, as the candidate of the party for the November poll.

These were contained in the list of candidates for the Anambra State governorship election published by the commission.

Prior to the primary elections, APGA had been rocked by a leadership crisis with two factions laying claims for leadership of the party.

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

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INEC national commissioner and Chairman of the information and voter education committee, Festus Okoye, said the decision was based on the judgments and court orders served on the commission in relation to the primaries of the political parties and other processes leading to the election.

He said the commission would continue to act in consonance with the constitution and the law and will continue to obey the judgments and orders of courts served on it.

According to the list, 18 political parties and candidates would participate in the November poll.

Okoye added that the personal particulars of the candidates would be published in the Commissions Notice Board in Awka, Anambra State.

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