Anambra guber: PDP disqualifies two aspirants, clears 15

Two governorship aspirants for the forthcoming Anambra State governorship election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, were yesterday disqualified from participating in the August 24 primaries of the party.
Chairman of the PDP Gubernatorial Screening Appeal Panel for Anambra State and former governor of Zamfara State, Alhaji Mahmud Shinkafi, told newsmen at the party’s national headquarters that Messrs Sylvester Okwonkwo and Onwuanyim Damian Afamaefule were disqualified because they could not provide valid tax clearances.
The committee said that of the four aspirants referred to it for investigation, only two were cleared. They are Ugochukwu Okeke and Tonye Nwoye.
The Ambassador Aminu Wali screening committee had last week cleared 13 aspirants for the PDP primaries and disqualified four others because of unresolved tax issues.
Shinkafi said: “With the disqualification of the two aspirants, only 15 candidates have been cleared to contest the August 24 primaries in Anambra State.”
He clarified that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, used to clear aspirants but the task has since been pushed to the political parties, adding: “We don’t want to present any candidate who after winning election, would lose at the courts.”
Shinkafi said those cleared have given their words that they would abide by the outcome of the primaries and support whoever emerges the candidate.
Similarly, the Anambra Ward Congress Committee chaired by the Speaker of Abia State House of Assembly, Sir Udeh Okoh, submitted its reports to the PDP National Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur.
Presenting the report, Okoh stated that the committee exhausted all avenues to ensure a credible exercise and lauded governors of PDP-controlled states in the South-East for their support during the exercise.
“By God’s grace we went there, we have done the job, we saw and we conquered” Okoh said.
Okoh explained further that though the job was a difficult one, the support of governors of the PDP controlled states in the South-East simplified the job of the committee.

In a remark, Tukur said by the report, the party had broken the Anambra State jinx where it has always been by consensus and harmonisation.This time around we have had ward election, I understand this is the first time it has happened in Anambra,” he said, adding: “This is the beginning of making sure that the PDP believes in transparent and deepened democracy; the belief that people should be allowed to express their rights.”

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