Former Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) – Chukwuma Soludo’s – governorship aspiration suffered a major setback yesterday as the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), the party under which he intends to realize his ambition of succeeding Gov. Peter Obi of Anambra State, disqualified him from the race.
Soludo, who recently defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to APGA to seek the governorship ticket, however, said he would abide by the party’s decision.
Five other aspirants were also disqualified by the APGA Screening Committee.
They are: Emmanuel Nweke, Ogbuefi Tony Nnaechetta, Chinedu Francis Idigo, Dr. Chike Obidigbo, and Oseloka Obaze, the immediate past Secretary to the State Government.
According to APGA, they all fell short of its expectation.
But the screening panel made up of Ifeanyi Mbaeri, Chief Onwuka Ukwa and headed by Alhaji Tayo Sowunmi, cleared seven aspirants for the primaries.
They are: Hon. Chukwuemeka Emmanuel Nwogbo, Paul Odenigbo, Hon. Uche Lillian Ekwunife, Chief Willie Obiano, John Nwosu, John Okechukwu Emeka and Nwachi Patrick Obianwu.
According to sources, the basis for disqualification of the candidates ranged from non-presentation of voters card to lack of evidence of financial strength to execute the campaign and inability to submit tax clearance.
Soludo, in his reaction through his media aide, Bonaventure Melah, noted that even though he was yet to understand the reason why he was disqualified, he would abide by the decision of the party.
He said: “Our attention has been drawn to the news that the APGA three-man screening panel for gubernatorial aspirants has not cleared Professor Chukwuma Soludo and five other aspirants.
“I called to inform him of the development and he had a good laugh. Without knowing the reason for the decision, he stated that he accepts whatever decision the party takes.”
It would be recalled that Soludo told reporters at his Isuofia home town some few weeks ago that he came out to continue from where Gov. Obi would be stopping, following pressure from the people of the state.
Meanwhile, APGA’s appeal panel will sit today and tomorrow at the party’s headquarters in Abuja.
#EndSARS: Gov Bello Warns Protesters Against Overthrowing Buhari
He stated this during an interview with Africa Independent Television AIT on Monday night.
Bello called on his fellow state governors to tack charge in their respective states so as to prevent loss of lives and properties due to attacks by hoodlums.
He, however, warned Nigerian youths to resist the temptation of using the current situation in the country to seek an undemocratic change in leadership.
The Governor warned that those interested in the presidency must wait till 2023 and go through democratic processes.
He urged the protesting youths to leave the streets and embrace dialogue.
#EndSARS: Protesters Rain Curses On Me: Femi Adesina
Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina has revealed that he has been receiving curses from Nigerians through phone calls and text messages over a false report that he advised his principal to shun protesters.
Adesina stated in an article he wrote titled: “An Enemy of the People’ published on Thursday evening.
￼Adesina denied that he advised President Buhari for whatever reasons on the End SARS protesters, but said an online platform falsely accused him that he told Buhari to “ignore the protests and not give in to the demands of ‘Twitter warriors’.
He explained that his telephone numbers were posted on social media, thereby, making people reach out to him with curses.
Sanwo-Olu Sends Condolence Message To Seyi Makinde Over Mother’s Death
Recall that InformationNigeria earlier reported that Governor Makinde of Oyo State on Thursday lost his mother, Chief Abigail Makinde.
The governor’s mother passed on at age 81.
Also Read: Governor Seyi Makinde Loses 81-Yr-Old Mother
Reacting to the news, Sanwo-Olu prayed for the dead and consoled the bereaved via his official Twitter handle on Thursday. He wrote:
“I commiserate with Governor @seyiamakinde on the passing to eternal glory of his dear mother, Mrs Abigail Makinde.
While I extend my condolences to the Makinde family, I pray that God grants them the grace and courage to bear the loss. May mama’s soul rest eternally.”
I commiserate with Governor @seyiamakinde on the passing to eternal glory of his dear mother, Mrs Abigail Makinde.
While I extend my condolences to the Makinde family, I pray that God grants them the grace and courage to bear the loss. May mama's soul rest eternally. pic.twitter.com/EaFIlq3Uv3
— Babajide Sanwo-Olu (@jidesanwoolu) October 15, 2020
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