By Chris Ochayi
ABUJA- Move by the former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Prof. Charles Chukwuma Soludo, the immediate past Secretary to the Anambra State Government Oseloka Obaze and four others to contest their disqualification by the Screening Panel suffered a major setback as the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, governorship Screening Appeal Panel dismissed their appeal for lacking in merit.
The affected aspirants appeared before the Appeal Panel to contest their disqualification by the Screening Panel.
Besides, sources at the at the panel sitting said some of the reasons given for not clearing the aspirants ranged from non-presentation voters card, lack of evidence of financial strength to execute the campaign, incomplete certificate and their insbility to submit tax clearance.
The Appeal Panel chaired Chief Ojielo said after entertaining their appeals, the panel dismissed their appeal for lacking in merit.
According to Ojielo “we have listened to their appeals we know that the problems is what the party knows as we are all members of the party.
The appeal panel has Ojielo as Chairman, Bala Bako, Secretary, Dr. Mic Adams 11, High Chief Ogometu Ukpenetus and Hajia Hadiza Aliyu Gogori.
Specifically the APGA Screening Committee had on Friday disqualified Soludo and five other governorship aspirants on the party’s platform for the November 16th Governorship elections in Anambra State.
According to a statement signed by the Chairman of the Gubernatorial Screening panel, Alhaji Tayo Sowunmi, Secretary, Bar. Ifeanyi Mbaeri and a member, Chief Onwuka Ukwa, said at the conclusion of the panel’s sitting yesterday, the six aspirant’s failed to scale through the test.
The six aspirants that failed the screening include, Emmanuel Nweke, Ogbuefi Tony Nnaechetta, Chinedu Francis Idigo, Dr. Chike Obidigbo, Immediate past Secretary to Anambra State Government Oseloka Obaze and Prof. Soludo.
The panel however said that seven aspirants were successful. The successful aspirants are, Hon. Chukwuemeka Emmanuel Nwogbo, Paul Odenigbo, Hon. Uche Lillian Ekwunife, Chief Willie Obiano, John Nwosu, John Okechukwu Emeka and Nwachi Patrick Obianwu.
One of the affected aspirants, Idigo while reacting to his non-clearance said though he was surprised at the reason given for dropping him.
Idigo who spoke to our reporter, at the APGA headquarters, venue of the screening said he is going to make another presentation to the appeal panel today.
He said they were 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.