Anambra 2017: AD Petitions INEC Over Alleged Bias
Valentine Onwuka and his running mate Chijioke Onyekaonwu did not find their names on the list governorship candidates for the November poll in Anambra.
Their party, the Alliance For Democracy is demanding an explanation from the election's umpire.
AD's national chairman, Ismaila Ayodele, said despite fulfilling all the requirements of the electoral law it appears their rights were overlooked.
“The party complied with Sections 85 and 87 of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) in notifying the Commission of the date, venue and time of the party’s primary election in Awka, Anambra State which the Commission duly monitored on August 22, 2017. The party also collected and submitted Forms F 001 and F 002.
“We are therefore surprised that the names of our governorship and deputy governorship candidates did not appear in the published list of candidates for the election. We urge you to use your good offices to rectify this and ensure that the names of our Candidates are included in the list of those contesting the election.
“We reaffirm our confidence in the Commission and believe that all eligible candidates for the election will be given the opportunity to participate in it. This is the only way we will deepen our emerging democracy and we look forward to the inclusion of our party’s candidates names in the list” Ayodele said.
The candidates are Willie Obiano, the incumbent governor, with his deputy Nkemakonam Okeke, contesting under the flag of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).
Oseloka Obaze of the PDP has Chidi Onyemelukwe, a woman, as his running mate.
Tony Nwoye of the APC has Dozie Arinze, a woman, as his running mate.
Others on the list are Nwezi Amechi and his running mate Okeke Njideka, a woman, for All Grand Alliance Party (AGAP).
Oby Okafor and her running mate Onyekwuluje Uzoma as candidate for Advanced Congress of Democrats (ACD) also made the list.
A former Minister of Aviation, Osita Chidoka, is also carrying the flag of United Progressive Party (UPP), with Okeke Ogbonnaya as his running mate.
The rest of the political parties with candidates on the list include Alliance Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), African Democratic Congress (ADC), Action Alliance (AA) and Action Democratic Party (ADP).
Others are APDA, African People’s Party (APP), Better Nigeria Progressive Party (BNPP), Democratic Alternative (DA), Democratic Peoples Congress (DPC), Green Party of Nigeria (GPN), Hope Democratic Party (HDP) and Kowa Party.
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