Professor Charles Soludo has been suspended from the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) by a group of the party led by Chief Jude Okeke.
According to Naija News, Soludo, a former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), is a leading gubernatorial candidate in the Anambra governorship race.
Ikechukwu Chukwunyere, the Chief Okeke- led faction’ s Ag. National Publicity Secretary, announced his suspension on Wednesday.
According to Chukwunyere, who told journalists in Abuja that the decision to suspend Soludo was made late Tuesday night at the Party’ s meeting, he was suspended for anti- party activities.
He said, ” The NWC also applauded the members of the party in Anambra State who thronged to the Ward offices across the 326 Wards in the state to elect the 3 man Ward delegates who would elect the Governorship candidate of the Party on 1st July, 2021 in line with the provisions of the Party Constitution, INEC Guidelines and the Electoral Act.
” The Party is ready for the July 1 primary election and the winner will lead APGA to victory at the November 6th, 2021 Governorship election. ”
He also stated that the governorship primary election, which would take place in Awka on Wednesday, June 23, is;
” a sham and effort in futility maintaining that in due time, the courts will declare it as invalid, unconstitutional, null, void and of no effect whatsoever. ”
He stated further that; ” the National Executive Committee of our Party has just finished meeting and has ratified the Delegates list for onward submission to INEC in line with the INEC Guidelines”
Meanwhile, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) might technically bar the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) from running for Anambra state governorship election on November 6, 2021.
According to Naija News, INEC has accused a faction of the party led by Victor Oye of failing to properly notify it of plans to hold ward congresses ahead of the governorship election within the 21- day period prescribed by its regulations and Section 85 of the Electoral Act.
INEC has written two letters to the faction outlining its view on the issue.
The electoral body’ s initial letter was addressed to the chief counsel of a legal firm, Omas and Partners.
The principle counsel had previously written and requested the material, citing the Freedom of Information Act’ s provisions.
The second letter was written to APGA’ s National Chairman.