The All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) Screening Committee earlier today disqualified the former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Prof Charles Chukwuma Soludo and five other governorship aspirants from the race for the party’s ticket in Anambra State.
According to a statement signed by the panel, at the conclusion of their sitting on Thursday, the six aspirants failed to make the grade to remain on the party's platform for the November 16 contest.
The other five are: Emmanuel Nweke, Ogbuefi Tony Nnachetta, Chinedu Francis Idigo, Dr. Chike Obidigbo and Oseloka Obaze, the immediate past Secretary to the Anambra State Government.
The successful seven are: Hon. Chukwuemeka Emmanuel Nwogbo, Paul Odenigbo, Hon. Uche Lillian Ekwunife, Chief Willie Obiano, John Nwosu, John Okechukwu Emeka and Nwachi Patrick Obianwu.
Sources at the at the panel said some of the reasons given for not clearing the aspirants ranged from non-presentation of voters cards, lack of evidence of financial strength to execute the campaign, incomplete certificates and lack of tax clearance.
Reacting, Mr. Idigo, who spoke to a reporter at the APGA headquarters, said the candidates had been informed that evidence of financial status was going to be part of the screening requirements.
"The outcome of the screening came as a surprise to me but I am going to prepare my appeal immediately and submit to the Appeal Panel," he said.
The appeal panel will begin sitting on Sunday at the party's headquarters in Abuja.
In his reaction, Professor Soludo said he was prepared to accept whatever decision the party made, adding that he joined APGA to help build it into a formidable political party and will keep his eyes on that objective.
Members of the gubernatorial screening panel include Alhaji Tayo Sowunmi (Chairman), Bar. Ifeanyi Mbaeri (Secretary), and a member, Chief Onwuka Ukwa.