Acting national chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, High Chief Jude Okeke, has frowned at a press release by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, titled ‘Candidates For Anambra Governorship Election,’ dated August 19, 2021, in which the electoral body disclosed the publication of Prof. Charles Soludo as the candidate of the party, instead of that of Honourable Chukwuma Umeoji
, as ordered by an Owerri High Court.
The acting national chairman insists that by the provisions of both the Electoral Act and the INEC time table, the electoral umpire ought not to make any other publications of candidates until October which would be the final publication. “This publication by INEC is unknown to law and should be discountenanced as we would not be a party to aiding INEC in violating the laws of our land.
“The Court of Appeal, Kano Division, did not make any finding that Victor Oye is chairman or that Prof. Soludo is the candidate of our party. The court only set aside the judgement of the Jigawa High Court for want of jurisdiction. In the absence of any direct order by the Appeal Court, the judgement that conclusively determines the question of who is chairman and candidate of APGA is the judgement of Justice B.C. Iheka of the Owerri High Court was reaffirmed by Justice V. C. Isiguzo of the same High Court.
“Both the judgement and order from the honourable justices of the Owerri High Court had been served on INEC before this contemptuous action of changing the name of our candidate.
“APGA will consider action in contempt against the commission, as it has not gone down well with Ndi Anambra to have a neutral electoral umpire succumb to the whims and caprices of a section of the political class.
“Based on the foregoing, Hon. Chukwuma Umeoji is still the candidate of our party and all preparations for the kickoff of his campaign as the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA
, in Anambra State is in top gear. The launch of the campaign which will lead to Umeoji winning the November 6 governorship election and becoming the next governor of the state will hold next week,” a statement from the party said.
It insisted that the authentic chairman of APGA, High Chief Jude Okeke, will be presenting the flag of the party to Umeoji at the launch of the campaign that will be attended by party leaders, members and loyalists across the state and the country, who have been yearning for the comforting touch of Hon. Umeoji as governor of Anambra State.
“We are confident that the Supreme Court will correct the wrong done by the appellate court; hence we shall not be distracted from our plans to campaign in all parts of the state to make our programmes and plans for the state known to the people. We entertain no iota of doubt that our victory both at the apex court and at the polls is certain,” Chief Okeke noted.