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2023: PDP disqualifies Ozigbo, others in Anambra

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…Six presidential, 63 governorship aspirants pick APC forms

PEOPLES Democratic Party governorship candidate in Anambra state in the last governorship election, Valentine Ozigbo, has been disqualified from contesting the Senate seat in the 2023 National Assembly election on the platform of the party.

  Also disqualified from contesting the election are Chuma Nzeribe and Dr. Obinna Uzor while some of those cleared are Chris Uba, Senator Stella Oduah and Senator Uche Ekwunife.

  In the report of the screening committee of the party for the 2023 National Assembly election in the state, dated April 27, 2022, obtained by journalists, yesterday, nine aspirants contesting for Senate seat were screened, out of which six were cleared.

  For the House of Representatives, 49 aspirants were screened and all of them were cleared.

  The report signed by Chairman of the committee, Udeh Okoye, stated: “he (Ozigbo) told the committee that he was awaiting Supreme Court Judgment in SC/CV/240/2022 and SC/CV/241/2022.; that if Supreme Court annuls the election, he would become the governor. On that basis, he concluded that there would be no need to submit the senatorial form within the specified time.  On April 27, 2022, the Supreme Court now upheld the contemplated litigation. Unfortunately, by the time he submitted the form, he was already out of time.’’

  For Nzeribe, the committee said he was disqualified based on false information to the committee.

  In another development, only six of 20 presidential aspirants on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) have picked the expression of interest and nomination forms, it was learnt yesterday.

  The six presidentaial aspirants are National Leader of APC, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, his Ebonyi counterpart, Dave Umahi, former Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha and Minister of State for Education Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba.

  The only female presidential aspirant, Uju Kennedy has also picked her nomination forms after depositing N30 million.

  Also, no fewer than 63 governorship aspirants have picked the party’s  nomination forms.

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