Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has released a list of substituted candidates in the Anambra gubernatorial election.
Former Central Bank Governor, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo has been listed as the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA). His reinstatement was as a result of a court order served on INEC.
Barrister Festus Okoye, the National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee of INEC, in a statement said INEC had met on Thursday and deliberated on a number of issues, including the nomination of candidates for the Anambra Governorship election holding on 6th November 2021.
According to him, the Timetable and Schedule of Activities approved by the Commission on 18th January 2021 provides for the withdrawal/substitution of candidates in line with Section 35 of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).
“Accordingly, by the deadline of 30th July 2021 fixed by the Commission, seven Governorship and 11 Deputy Governorship candidates were substituted by 11 out of the 18 political parties.
“Similarly, the Commission was served with the judgement of the Court of Appeal (Kano Division) which set aside the judgement of the High Court of Jigawa State on the leadership of APGA and the nomination of its candidates for the Anambra Governorship election.
“However, the final list of candidates will be published on 7th October 2021 as provided in the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the election”, Okoye added.
Other parties that substituted their Governorship and Deputy Governorship candidates are; All Progressives Congress APC, Nigeria Rescue Movement NRM, Allied Peoples Movement APM, Accord, Action Alliance, African Action Congress AAC, Zenith Labour Party ZLP, African Democratic Party ADP, Peoples Redemption Party PRP, Social Democratic Party SDP and Young Peoples Party YPP.