The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has omitted former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor, Charles Soludo as well as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from the candidates’ list for the Anambra Governorship poll.
1st News learned that INEC released the list of candidates for the November 6 poll on Friday, July 16.
It instead listed a member of the House of Representatives from another APGA faction, Chukwuma Umeoji as the party’s flagbearer.
INEC’s National Commissioner and Chairman Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, hinged the decision; on the rulings and court orders served on the commission over APGA’s primary; and other processes that led to the election.
A preview of the list also showed that the electoral body skipped the country’s main opposition party.
“The Commission also considered and took cognizance of the Judgments/Court Orders served on it; in relation to the primaries of the political parties; and other processes leading to the election,” INEC explained.
“In line with section 31(3) of the Electoral Act, 2010(as amended); the personal particulars of the candidates will be published in the Commissions Notice Board in Awka, Anambra State; while the names of the candidates, their gender, party, age, qualification, and the Commissions decision/ remarks are herein attached.”
Meanwhile, former Speaker, House of Representatives, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal has said that the decision of the Senate to subject INECs constitutional power to conduct elections to the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), and National Assembly is patently unconstitutional.
Tambuwal, who is also the governor of Sokoto State, in a statement he issued in Abuja on Thursday, July 15; said INEC constitutional power could not be shared with any institution.
“For the avoidance of doubt, S.78 of the Constitution provides that ‘The Registration of voters and the conduct of elections shall be subject to the direction and supervision of Independent National Electoral Commission’.
“In the Third Schedule, Part 1, F, S.15: INEC has the power to organise, undertake and supervise all elections.
“The Constitution further provides that INEC operations shall not be subject to the direction of anybody or authority.”