Anambra Guber: PDP Dumps Tony Nwoye, Submits Ukachukwu’s Names To INEC
In line with the ruling of the In an apparent obedience to the ruling of the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, which affirmed Nicholas Ukachukwu as the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the Anambra State election, the party on Wednesday withdraw its insistence on the candidature of Mr Tony Nwoye for the Anambra elections and forwarded the name of Ukachukwu as its candidate to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
In a letter signed by the National Chairman of PDP, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, and the National Secretary of the party, Prof. Adewale Oladipo, dated October 2, and addressed to the chairman of INEC, Prof. Attahiru Jega, the PDP affirmed that Ukachukwu was the governorship candidate of the party for the election.
By the letter from PDP to INEC, it has finally put to rest the controversy of who is the authentic PDP governorship candidate. Hitherto, PDP had insisted that Tony Nwoye, remained the governorship candidate.
Senator Andy Ubah, who emerged the governorship candidate of the party in the Ejike Oguebeogu-led faction, after defeating Senator Emma Anosike, was also dumped by both INEC and PDP.
Before the governorship primary election, PDP insisted that Ken Emeakayi was the recognised state chapter chairman of the party on which platform, Nwoye won the governorship election, until the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt disqualified him and directed that Ukachukwu should be the governorship candidate.
PDP in the letter to INEC said the recognition of Ukachukwu was in obedience of the order by the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt with Suit No. FHC/PH/CS/296/2013 – Nicholas Chukwuejekwu Ukachukwu vs Dr. Tony Nwoye and 3 others.
Ukachukwu was seen at the INEC headquarters putting his documents in order. When asked what he was doing, he said: “My party has officially submitted my name and the deputy governorship candidate to INEC.”
INEC had two weeks ago published the names of all the political parties fielding candidates for the November 16 governorship election.
According to a statement issued by INEC, “Two political parties, namely: the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and the PDP, had issues with candidates they intend to sponsor before the closure of nominations on September 17, but the Federal High Court in Awka eased the contention over APGA’s nomination by vacating its order directing the commission to accept two governorship candidates from the party.
“For the PDP, the commission resolved to list Ukachukwu as the governorship candidate in accordance with the latest order delivered by the Federal High Court, Port Harcourt.
“INEC advises political parties and their members that only those on the list published by it would be allowed to conduct electioneering campaigns. Any violation of this rule will amount to electoral offence and security agencies are urged to intervene as such.”
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