A former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Prof Chukwuma Soludo, has reacted to the exclusion of his name in the list of candidates for the November 6 election in Anambra State, which was published by the Independent National Electoral Commission.
Soludo is the candidate of a faction of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, but INEC published the name of other faction’s candidate, Chukwuma Udoji.
The ex-apex bank governor in his response, said he remained APGA’s flag-bearer for the election and urged his supporters not to despair.
The statement was contained in a communication his media aide, Joe Anatune, released.
It reads: “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 and INEC guidelines. INEC observed the APGA Congress on Wednesday, June 23, 2021, where he was nominated after winning 93.4 per cent of the valid votes cast in a free, fair and transparent manner which was broadcasted live on national television networks as part of deepening the democratic process in Nigeria.
“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.”