A former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Professor Chukwuma Soludo has responded to his exclusion from the list of governorship candidates for the Anambra governorship election which was published by the Independent National Electoral Commission.
According to Soludo, he would participate in the polls; while being the authentic candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) for the November 6 polls.
The former CBN governor also noted that his exclusion by INEC is only temporary based on a court order.
1st News had reported that the list issued by INEC did not contain the names of the candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP, Mr Valentine Ozigbo, as well as that of the All Progressives Grand Alliance APGA, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo.
However, in a statement issued on Friday, July 16, Soludo via his media aide, Joe Anatune, said he is confident as assured by his legal team that the current court order will be overturned; and he would contest the November 6 election as the APGA candidate.
The statement read, “The Chukwuma Soludo Campaign has been briefed on a publication by the Independent National Electoral Commission where Honourable Chukwuma Umeorji has been published as the candidate of the APGA in the November 6, 2021, gubernatorial election in Anambra State.
“The INEC publication is based on a judgment by a High Court in Jigawa State; and the electoral body sensibly wrote that its inclusion of Umeorji as a candidate in the election is “By Judgment”.
“Our millions of supporters in Anambra State and elsewhere in the world are advised not to be dispirited by the publication seriously.
“Prof Chukwuma Charles Soludo will participate in the governorship election as the APGA candidate. His nomination was strictly in line with the Electoral Law as well as INEC guidelines.
“Our team of dedicated and competent legal experts has studied the judgment; and is confident of overturning it effortlessly. The party is at liberty to nominate the right candidate; so long as due process is followed. Soludo’s nomination followed due process religiously.”