Christian ABURIME

Despite his name being conspicuously missing in the recently released names of gubernatorial candidates for the November 6, Anambra governorship election, Prof Charles Chukwuma Soludo, CFR, APGA duly elected authentic candidate has continued to soar higher and higher

The omission of Cee Cee Soludo’s name by INEC has been described by a vast majority of Nigerians and Ndi Anambra as curious and unacceptable

Soludo, the people insist, remains their choice irrespective of the temporarily setback by INEC omitting his name from their published list

Though INEC had said the commission action was based on a JIGAWA State High Court ruling directing it to accept nomination of a former aspirant who was disqualified from participating at the APGA primaries

Curiously, the judgement was obtained by some people who travelled 949 kilometres from Anambra State to Jigawa ( yes Jigawa!) to shop for a state court obnoxious ruling to hoist upon a party that has duly elected it gubernatorial candidate

This is rascality and impunity taken too far, and indeed, it will not stand for the following reasons:

1) Prof Chukwuma Charles Soludo remains the authentic candidate APGA who was duly and validly elected on June 23, 2021 in Awka, Anambra State and the entire process was physically witnessed by INEC officials

2) The Jigawa judgement which INEC based its action on has already been appealed by APGA in court, consequently INEC ought to have stayed action pending final outcome of the appeal

3) APGA as political party followed laid down procedure to produce Professor Chukwuma Charles Soludo as its gubernatorial candidate

4) Moreover, the Commission had also invited the national chairman of APGA, Dr Victor Oye for the uploading of Soludo’s particulars and that of his deputy, which was duly complied with and accepted by INEC

The sudden change of event by subsistuting Soludo’s name with an impostor who never participated in the primaries is curious and unacceptable

Nigerians and Ndi Anambra are urging the commission to reverse this decision by immediately returning Prof Chukwuma Charles Soludo’s name as the authentic and validly elected APGA candidate for the November 6, Anambra governorship election

INEC under the leadership of Prof Mahmood Yakubu should uphold its integrity as an unbiased Electoral Umpire by following strictly the electoral laws and consequently, reverse this unpopular decision as it will not stand the test of time

Cee Cee Soludo through his Media Office has equally appealed to all his supporters across the federation and within Anambra state to remain calm and peaceful as there is absolutely no need to panic. He believes in the sanctity of law and the Nigerian Judiciary will do the needful by vacating this obnoxious ruling

Indeed, this seemingly injustice shall not stand!

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