Anambra Central: APGA,12 Others Go To Polls Without APC, PDP
Anambra Central is the only zone that does not have a senator since the Court of Appeal sitting in Enugu ordered the removal of Uche Ekwunife of the Peoples Democratic Party.
Her opponent at the 2015 election, Victor Umeh, had challenged the declaration of Ekwunife as a senator for the area by the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), at the election tribunal and later at the Court of Appeal where Ekwunife was removed.
The court also ordered that PDP should not participate in the rerun election that must be conducted within 90 days from the day the judgment was delivered.
Umeh, a former National Chairman of APGA, was the Director General of Governor Willie Obiano’s campaign organisation for the Anambra governorship election.
Despite the court’s order that elections be conducted within 90 days, INEC did not conduct fresh elections till now citing various litigations pending in various courts.
In Saturday's election, the electoral commission said 14 candidates would participate in the rerun, which held in Awka North, Awka South, Idemili North, Idemili South, Anaocha, Njikoka and Dunukofia local government areas.
According to INEC a total of 7,670 ad-hoc workers would conduct the election in 1,548 polling units.
Over 5000 security personnel will be deployed. The police sent in 4000 personnel, the Nigerian Security and Civil defence Corps deployed 1000 officers.
Although, the All Progressives Congress (APC) is among the parties that would be participating, its candidate, Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige who is listed as the APC candidate for the election chose to abstain.
This effectively means the APC has no candidate for the election.
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