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Anambra 2010: Uncertainty as parties await INEC’s list

By Vincent Ujumadu

AWKA—UNCERTAINTY pervaded the political scene in Anambra State yesterday, following emerging signals that new names may appear in the final list of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the 6 February 2010 governorship election in the state.

Though INEC officials kept sealed lips on the situation in Awka, it was gathered that the column for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) may be kept open as a result of the on-going litigation over the candidacy of its flag bearer, Professor Chukwuma Soludo.

Unlike last weekend when the campaign headquarters of Soludo was a beehive of activities as a result of several meetings taking place there, the situation was different yesterday as the gate to the magnificent office was under lock.

It could not be ascertained if a meeting was taking place inside the office, but many vehicles were parked outside the gate as it had become the usual scenario since the flag off of Soludo’s campaign.

Some of the people who gathered at the campaign office were, however, discussing the report that the Supreme Court allegedly turned down the request by Soludo for a stay of execution on the ruling of the Court of Appeal restraining him and his deputy, Senator Emma Anosike, from parading themselves as governorship and deputy governorship candidates of PDP respectively.

According to them, it would appear that some people are bent on seeing that PDP does not participate in the 2010 election.

They added that the worrisome aspect of the situation was that it was being masterminded by members of the party.

Though it was said that the former presidential aide, Dr. Andy Uba, would be fielded by the Labour Party for the election, there was nothing on ground at the party’s state headquarters in Awka to suggest that the party would contest the governorship election.

Dr. Mike Areh, who won the party’s nomination during the primaries, had not been sighted anywhere since he picked the ticket and there was nobody at the party’s office to confirm or deny that his name would be substituted.


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