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PDP, APC barred from fielding new candidates in Anambra re-run


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PDP, APC Barred from fielding new candidates in forthcoming Anambra Elections

INEC has upheld the view of All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA that the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC and Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, cannot field new candidates for the forthcoming Anambra Central senatorial district re-run election.

The field is now clear for the APGA candidate, Chief Victor Umeh to clear the hurdle.

APGA while making a reference to Supreme Court judgment, had argued that there was no provision for conduct of fresh primaries under a re-run poll as planned by APC anc PDP, since only candidates that participated in the previous general election are recognised by law to take part.

A Supreme Court judgement delivered by Justice Mohammed Salisu Aluwao and others on November 6, 2003 between INEC versus Labour Party, on the matter of qualification, ruled thus: “Where there is nullification of election on grounds of qualification, all candidates that participated in the general election, excluding the candidate adjudged not qualified can participate in re-run election.”

In the case of Anambra central senatorial zone, the SUPREME COURT judgement states that the candidate of the PDP, Uche Ekwunife who was the twelfth respondent and the PDP itself being the eleventh respondent did not conduct an acceptable primary and so has been disqualified from participating in that election.

The APC and PDP cannot produce a new candidate, except if Dr. Chris Ngige quits his ministerial appointment to contest under APC.

For the PDP, it is foreclosed because the new candidate the party will produce did not participate in the general election and therefore not qualified. So any primary held now is unlawful because the time for primary had elapsed.

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