The All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) Screening Committee on Friday disqualified the former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Prof Charles Chukwuma Soludo and five other governorship aspirants on the party’s platform for the November 16th Governorship elections in Anambra State. According to a statement signed by the Chairman of the Gubernatorial Screening panel, Alhaji Tayo Sowunmi, Secretary, Bar. Ifeanyi Mbaeri and a member, Chief Onwuka Ukwa, said at the conclusion of the panel’s sitting yesterday, the six aspirant’s failed to scale through the test.
The six aspirants that failed the screening include, Emmanuel Nweke, Ogbuefi Tony Nnaechetta, Chinedu Francis Idigo, Dr. Chike Obidigbo, Immediate past Secretary to Anambra State Government Oseloka Obaze and Prof. Soludo. The panel however said that seven aspirants were successful. The successful aspirants are, Hon. Chukwuemeka Emmanuel Nwogbo, Paul Odenigbo, Hon. Uche Lillian Ekwunife, Chief Willie Obiano, John Nwosu, John Okechukwu Emeka and Nwachi Patrick Obianwu.
Sources at the at the panel sitting said some of the reasons given for not clearing the aspirants ranged from non-presentation voters card, lack of evidence of financial strength to execute the campaign, incomplete certificate and their insbility to submit tax clearance. One of the affected aspirants, Idigo while reacting to his non-clearance said he was surprised at the reason given for dropping him.
Idigo who spoke to our reporter, at the APGA headquarters, venue of the screening said he is going to make another presentation to the appeal panel today. He said they were informed that evidence of financial status was going to be part of the screening requirements.
” The outcome of the screening came as a surprise to me but I am going to prepare my appeal immediately and submit to the Appeal Panel,” he said.
The appeal panel will begin sitting on Sunday at the party’s headquarters in Abuja.