INEC had on Thursday said that publication of the final list of aspirants that would contest the Anambra State governorship election slated for 6 November would be made on 7 October.
Though, Michael Umeoji was replaced with Chukwuma Soludo as the governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), in a list released on Thursday by the commission.
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), is still on the omission list of uncleared contenders for the poll.
The decision was one of the outcomes of its meeting in which various matters including the choice for the nomination of aspirants for the Anambra Governorship poll was discussed.
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The National Commissioner, INEC and Festus Okoye, chairman of Information and Voter Education Committee said this in Abuja during a news briefing.
According to him, ‘Stakeholders the commission met today being Thursday 19Augustus, 2021 and discussed on several matters, the selection of aspirants for the Anambra Governorship election holding on 6 November 2021 inclusive.
‘Timetable and calendar of the exercise endorsed by the Commission on 18 January 2021
allows for the withdrawal and or substitution of aspirants the revised edition of the Electoral Act 2010, Section 35.’
‘Respectively, by the July 3, 2021,1 deadline fixed by the electoral board, seven governorship and eleven deputy governorship aspirants were swapped by eleven out of the 18 political parties.
‘In the same way, the electoral commission was handed the ruling of the Court of Appeal sitting in Kano, setting aside the judgement of the Jigawa State High Court on the management of APGA and the choice of its aspirants for the Anambra Governorship poll.’
‘A file of substitute candidates I fastened to this Press statement. It has also been publicized on the website of the commission.’
‘Nonetheless, the last list of aspirants will be announced on 7, October 2021 as given in the timetable and calendar for the election’s activities’