The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has replaced Michael Umeoji with Chukwuma Soludo as the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) was excluded from the list of cleared candidates in the list of candidates for the Anambra State Governorship poll published on Thursday.
Issuing a statement on the update, INEC National Commissioner, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye said the timetable approved by the commission on January 18, 2021 provides for the withdrawal/substitution of candidates in line with Sec. 35 of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).
According to him, seven governorship and eleven deputy governorship candidates were substituted by eleven out of the eighteen political parties by the deadline of July 30, 2021.
He confirmed that 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 election.
“The final list of candidates will be published on October 7 2021 as provided in the timetable and schedule of activities for the election,” the statement read.