APGA Upholds Disqualification Of Soludo, Others From Anambra Guber Polls

charles chukwuma soludoThe Chairman of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) in Anambra, Chief Mike Kwentor, said it would not over- rule the disqualification of  six aspirants for the party’s governorship ticket.

Kwentor told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Awka on Saturday that the action of the screening committee was in line with the party’s constitution.

He said that it was better for the party to go into the election with a candidate without blemish than with one whose victory could be voided.

According to him, the constitution says you must be eligible to vote before you can be voted for and for you to be eligible to vote, you must have a voter’s card.

“So, I think that the Screening Committee disqualified those they disqualified based on cogent reasons.

“I am sure that even those disqualified know that the reason for which they were disqualified was cogent, otherwise, they will appeal because the party made provision for appeal,” he said.

The Alhaji Tayo Sowunmi-led  Screening Committee screened the 14 gubernatorial aspirants on Friday and disqualified six aspirants.

Those disqualified are: Prof. Charles Soludu, Mr Oseloka Obaze, Dr Chike Obidigbo, Chief Chinedu Idigo, Chief Tony Nnacheta and Mr Emma Nweke.

They were disqualified for non-possession of voter’s card, tax clearance, lack of evidence of sound financial muscle and unresolved issues with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

In a reaction, the Special Adviser to the Governor, Mr Fidel Okafor, corroborated  Kwentor’s views.

“I am sure what the committee members did was not deliberately targeted at the affected aspirants, and I am convinced that they told them their shortcomings,” Okafor said.

Okafor said though the affected aspirants had formidable credentials, he was optimistic that those cleared  could defeat any other candidate of the opposition parties. (NAN)

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