By Tony Edike
Enugu State government declared yesterday that Governor Sullivan Chime remained the state governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for April elections, as the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had since acknowledged receipt of his nomination form.
In its formal reaction to Monday’s Federal High Court, Abuja, order directing the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to accept Chief Anayo Onwuegbu as the governorship candidate of the party for Enugu, the government described the order as another attempt by “few desperate politicians who are out to cause mischief.”
In a statement signed by the State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr. Chuks Ugwoke, the government also urged the people of the state and supporters of the governor to remain calm and not be distracted in any way by activities of those bent on causing confusion in the state ahead of the forthcoming general elections.
The statement read: “It has come to the notice of the Enugu State government that the Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday, January 31, 2011, reportedly gave an ex-parte order directing the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to accept the name of one Chief Anayo Onwuegbu as the party’s governorship candidate for Enugu State in the forthcoming elections.
“Government urges the good people of Enugu State, all well-wishers, especially PDP members, to remain calm and not be distracted in any way by these vain attempts by few desperate politicians who are out to cause mischief.
“It is on record, going by INEC’s timetable, that the deadline for political parties to nominate their distinct candidates for the various seats in the April elections had since elapsed. More importantly, Governor Sullivan Iheanacho Chime filled and returned his PDP nomination form within the stipulated time. In turn, INEC also duly acknowledged receipt of his form.”