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Anambra Guber Poll: INEC recognises Ozigbo as PDP candidate

Prof. Mahmood Yakubu

Following an Appeal Court ruling, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has recognised Mr Valentine Ozigbo as the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the Nov. 6 Anambra governorship election.

The commission disclosed this in a statement by Mr Festus Okoye, National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, on Thursday in Abuja.

Okoye said INEC met on Thursday and considered a number of issues relating to the governorship election, including the latest court order.

“The Court of Appeal has ordered the commission to recognise and publish the name of Ozigbo as the governorship candidate,” he said.

He noted that earlier, PDP had substituted its deputy governorship candidate within the deadline provided by law.

Okoye said, accordingly, the governorship candidate was Ozigbo and the deputy governor, Lilian Enemo.

He said the final list of candidates would be published on Oct. 7 as provided in the timetable and schedule of activities for the election.

On movement of non-sensitive materials for the election, Okoye said INEC would be in a position to deploy its materials from its Awka office instead of the earlier stated Zonal office in Owerri.

He recalled that INEC State Office in Awka was attacked by unknown gunmen.

“The damage to the physical facility was extensive. So too was the destruction of movable materials, including 50 per cent of the non-sensitive materials already delivered for the election.

“While the commission is making efforts to rebuild the physical facilities, we took a pragmatic decision to distribute the replacement of non-sensitive materials from our South East Zonal Stores in Owerri in order to meet our deadlines.

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“For clarity, the non-sensitive materials are the non-pharmaceutical COVID-19 items such as hand sanitisers and face masks, envelopes, posters, stickers, sellotape, scissors, liquid gum and other stationery required mainly at the polling unit level,“ he pointed out.

Okoye, however, said following a review of the deadline for the completion of work on the destroyed physical facilities, INEC was satisfied that the ongoing work would be completed by the end of September.

“Consequently, the commission is now in a position to operate from our office in Awka where the batching and distribution of all non-sensitive materials will take place.

“We appeal to all stakeholders to continue to cooperate with the commission for a transparent and credible election in Anambra State,” he said.  (NAN)

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