Anambra election: INEC dumps Nwoye, Uba, clears Ukachukwu as PDP candidate


INEC released names of 23 governorship and 18 deputy governorship candidates.

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on Tuesday, refused to clear the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, candidate for the November 16 governorship election, Tony Nwoye, who emerged winner of the party’s primary election held on August 24.

The commission, which released a list of 23 governorship candidates and 18 deputy governorship candidates to fly the flags of their party, recognised Nicholas Ukachukwu as the PDP candidate.

The list was contained in a statement by U.F. Usman, on behalf of the Secretary of the Commission.

Among those cleared to contest the election are Chris Ngige of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Ifeanyi Ubah of the Labour Party, LP, and Willie Obiano of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA.

Other parties whose candidates were cleared are AA, ACCORD, ACD, ACPN, AD, ADC, APA, CPP, DPP, ID, KOWA, MPPP, NCP, NNPP, PPA, PPN, SDP, UDP and UPP.

INEC explained that Mr. Ukachukwu was recognized as the candidate of the party because of a recent court judgment which was in his favour.

Mr. Ukachukwu, a former member of the House of Representatives, emerged second to Mr. Nwoye, at the primary election. He, however, approached a Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, complaining that Mr. Nwoye was not eligible to participate in the primary for failing to pay his tax as at when due.

Curiously, the commission did not list Andy Uba, who emerged winner at the parallel primary election of the PDP, which INEC monitored.

Mr. Uba, a serving senator and Chairman of the Senate Committee on INEC, had also approached a court in Port Harcourt, which declared him as the authentic candidate of the PDP.

Despite his victory at the court, the national leadership of the ruling party insisted that Mr. Nwoye was its candidate. The PDP National Chairman, Bamanga Tukur, handed over the party’s flag to Mr. Nwoye late August at a brief ceremony at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja.

The INEC statement said, “Pursuant to the timetable and schedule of activities for the Anambra State Governorship schedule to hold on 16th November, 2013, twenty three (23) political parties submitted names of candidates they proposed to sponsor at the election.

“The Commission, after due consideration of the relevant provisions of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended), the various judgments and orders of the various High Courts on the candidates for the election, particularly those of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, approved that Form CF001 (Personal Particulars) of this candidates for the election be published.

“Accordingly, the Form CF001 of the following candidates as submitted by their political parties or ordered by the court are now being published in Anambra State in accordance with the provision of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended).

The statement also said it “enjoins all political parties to ensure that only the candidates above listed engage in campaigns as candidates of the political parties.”


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  • Afam

    let the battle begin..

    • Lincon

      Naso broda! And let d eletorates decide! #Ngige

  • Balla

    Up Ngige! Up APC!!!

    • The Synergy Platform


      Whenever we read comments supporting Ngige at the end of any story, those comments usually come from Hausa or Yoruba people but those that support Obiano usually come from Anambra people who will actually vote in the election. Lets see how it goes!

      • Efe1

        Your mind is small! What if those Yoruba and Hausa people actually live in Anambra State?

        • The Synergy Platform

          That may be true. They may actually “leave” in Anambra State as you said.

          • ogbeni

            Get the point and stop acting the ”grammarian” here…Vote for experience cos it counts

          • Ubong

            He didn’t say; he wrote. Big difference !

        • Lincon

          Efe thank u jare, don’t mind those narrow minded fellows!

        • Afam

          so when someone says anything against this your baby party APC you get on the persons foot…your not living in Anambra state ,allow us to express our views until you relocate or Fashola can equally deport you to my state…Your welcome @Efe1:disqus… But try and come down,ask people question before what happned to APC in Ondo state may happen again.

          • Efe1

            Nobody said anything against APC, you are over assuming here. Now let’s face it, is it Ngige or APC that is bad for Anambra state? Please make me understand the workings of your mind.

      • Jonathan

        Help me tell am, he need to broaden his senses. Sai Onwa

  • Moses Musa

    Let the best win.

  • Madiba

    What has Ngige suddenly done not to deserve support of Ndi Anambra.We all attested that he worked tirelessly for the development of the Anambra within the 2 years he was in govt. I always hear that he visited Okija Shrine and supported deportation of Igbos from Lagos.
    Yes even if he visited the shrine with Chris Ubah and Co, he also revolted and
    renounced all agreements with the shrine. This takes a strong character
    both spiritually and physically to do. He should be supported and
    encouraged. He never supported the way the Igbos were dropped off at
    Onitsha but acknowledged the original policy of reuniting them with their
    families (even Gov Obi once sent some destitutes in Anambra back to Ebonyi State). Nobody righting thinking human being will support the way the
    Lagos officials dropped these people. But again I ask where are the so
    called deportees? We have all forgotten them and their welfare but are all using the event for politics.
    Obama was accused of so many things including; Anti-Christ,Jew
    Hater,White Hater, Muslim, Gay supporter etc but when it was time to
    vote, Americans voted for the bigger issue, PERFORMANCE.They are reaping
    it as their economy is fast gaining huge ground after the devastating
    recession. Ngige in my unbiased mind is the best and most qualified
    candidate for service to the people and the development of Anambra
    State. He is firm,clever, intelligent, witty and independent minded. I
    sincerely hope that at the moment of voting, we vote for the bigger

    • manjide

      So, kindly give him your 1 vote and keep quiet. Anambra will never be ruled by APC. I don’t have anything against Ngige but APC. If Ngigi wins, Hausas and Yorubas will believe they have finally conquered Ndi Igbo. Unless they will import Hausas and Yorubas to vote in Anambra, Ngigi and APC has no chance. Igbo kwenu!

      • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

        If you would rather be conquered by hunger and squalor, so be it, then!

        The way some people think is really amazing.

        • Chijioke Udoh

          The way some people think is really amazing, If you think spontaneously why ain’t you a professor but just self acclaimed Esq.Is called free of speech he has the prerogative and right to choose his own candidate.People always think their thought and reasoning are the best

        • manjide

          Your support for Ngige is just because he is in APC. My question to you is; since when have Hausas and Yorubas who don’t even live in Anambra state talk less in Igbo land have interest in Anambra election? Frankly, It’s just because of your APC. I know that even if a mad man was to be APC’s candidate you’ll still support him. Your interest is not on Ngige but APC.

          Your assumption is that it’s only a APC candidate that will not bring hunger and squalor. But, I have actually seen the performance of those APC governors in the west and they are not even moving small hills never to talk of mountains.

          If you feel so much of Ngige and APC, come down to Anambra state to live and register so that you can vote. Although it’s late because voters registration is over. In view of this, your comments are just nothing.

      • Lincon

        Lols…politics no be like dat broda, wait until after election, person no dey hate party o broda, na candidate u fit hate!

      • Jonathan

        Forget about the label,let focus on d content and personality involved: Sai Onwa

    • Chuks Clems Sunny



      • Efe1

        Say no to semi animals like you.

        • Jonathan

          Thanks. He tend to reason with his anus.

  • Yahuza Sani Sagagi

    Anambra State, we wish you the best.

    We pray that God give you the opportunity to elect the best from among the people contesting this governorship. It might not matter which party the candidate is from. They are all Anambrans, but the best among them is our prayer.

    God bless Anambra State
    God bless Adazi-Nnukwu

  • Amaka Briggs

    Meen after reading another version of this Naijanewssweep i told myself that politicians are really becoming strategically confused. Pdp and apga dnt have d interest of d people at heart simple.

  • kwankwasiya

    Ukachukwu is going nowhere… Tony will still fly the flag at the end of the day

  • Aniedi Udoh

    Ngige would have been the best material for Anambra base on his past records but for his current political party he may have some problems. Characters in APC may have changed Ngige that i know. Long live Anambra.