If Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo, former governor of Nigeria’s Central Bank, still intends to be part of Anambra governorship election in November, then he will have to quickly seek a new platform other than the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA.
This was because the ambition of Soludo to contest the election on the platform of APGA seemed to have finally been scuttled on Saturday night as the party’s Governorship Appeal Panel upheld his earlier disqualification.
The former Governor had defected to APGA, the incumbent ruling party in Anambra State from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in a move to enhance his chances of becoming the next governor of the state.
However, a Committee saddled with the task of screening contenders for the gubernatorial ticket of APGA on Friday disqualified Soludo and five other aspirants.
The former Nigeria Central Bank chief and the other disqualified aspirants however appealed the decision of the Committee.
Tony Ojielo, chairman of the appeal panel told journalists on Saturday that his committee found no merit in the appeal of the gubernatorial aspirants after it deliberated on them.
“We have listened to their appeals but their appeals lack merit and so the committee had no other option than to affirm their disqualification,” said Ojielo.
Other members of the appeal panel are Bala Bako, Secretary, Dr. Mic Adams 11, High Chief Ogometu Ukpenetus and Hajia Hadiza Aliyu Gogori.
The other five aspirants disqualified on Friday and whose appeals were also turned down by the Chief Ojielo Committee include Emmanuel Nweke, Ogbuefi Tony Nnaechetta, Chinedu Francis Idigo, Dr. Chike Obidigbo and the immediate past Secretary to Anambra State Government, Oseloka Obaze.
Aspirants who were successful during the screening include Hon. Chukwuemeka Emmanuel Nwogbo, Paul Odenigbo, Hon. Uche Lillian Ekwunife, Chief Willie Obiano, John Nwosu, John Okechukwu Emeka and Nwachi Patrick Obianwu.
Source: PM News
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