Awka - The Chairman of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) in Anambra,
Chief Mike Kwentor, said it would not over ruled the disqualification
of six aspirants for ticket the party’s governorship ticket.
Kwentor told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Awka on Saturday
that the action of the screening committee was in line with the party’s
He said that it was better for the party to go into the election with
a candidate without blemish than with one whose victory could be
According to him, the constitution says you must be eligible to vote
before you can be voted for and for you to be eligible to vote, you must
have voter’s card.
"So, I think that the Screening Committee disqualified those they disqualified based on cogent reasons.
"I am sure that even those disqualified know that the reason for
which they were disqualified was cogent, otherwise, they will appeal
because the party made provision for appeal,” he said.
The Alhaji Tayo Sowunmi-led Screening Committee screen the 14 gubernatorial aspirants on Friday and disqualified six aspirants.
Those disqualified are: Prof. Charles Soludu, Oseloka Obaze, Dr
Chike Obidigbo, Chief Chinedu Idigo, Chief Tony Nnacheta and Emma
They were disqualified for non-possession of voter’s card, tax
clearance, lack of evidence of sound financial muscle, and unresolved
issue with the Economic and Financial Crime Commission.
In a reaction the Special Adviser to Governor, Fidel Okafor, corroborated Kwentor’s views.
"I am sure what the committee members did was not deliberately
targeted at the affected aspirants, and I am convinced that they told
them their shortcomings,” Okafor said.
Okafor said though the affected aspirants had formidable credentials,
but was optimistic that those cleared could defeat any other
candidate of the opposition parties.