Enugu State LGA polls: ENSIEC disqualifies candidates in APC strongholds
By Fred Ike
The All Progressives Congress, (APC) in Enugu state, yesterday, raised alarm over the disqualification of its ‘strong’ candidates by the state’s Independent Electoral Commission, (ENSIEC), for the November 4 local government election.
This was as one of the APC Chieftains in the state and former Governor of old Anambra state, Senator Jim Nwobodo made a surprise appearance during a People’s Democratic Party,( PDP), rally in his community, Nkanu, Enugu South local government.
APC chairman in the state, Dr. Ben Nwoye, decried what he said was suspicious disqualification of the party’s chairmanship and councillorship candidates in its strongholds.
Nwoye named that the affected strongholds where the party’s candidates were disqualified as Udi, Awgu, Oji River and Enugu south local government areas.
He said that the councillorship candidates in the electoral wards of the Minister for Foreign affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama as well that of the immediate past Governor of the state, Barister Sullivan Chime were affected by the disqualification.
Other affected APC strongholds were in Enugu South local government, home of Senators Ken Nnamani and Jim Nwobodo, where the party’s chairmanship candidate was also disqualified.
Nwoye further noted that the electoral ward to the APC National Vice Chairman, South east, Chief Emma Enukwu was equally affected.
When contacted, the administrative secretary of ENSIEC, Mr. Tagbo Nnamah said that other political parties participating in the election were also affected.
Nnamah said that those tentatively disqualified were candidates who could not comply with the ENSIEC guidelines which stipulated requirements for candidates.
He however said that there was still window for substitution, noting that some of those previously disqualified for not tendering voters’ cards, for instance, and who came back with their cards have been cleared.
Flagging off APC campaigns in Aninri and Awgu local government areas, party’s state chairman, Nwoye warned that the era of writing election results at government house was over.
He urged APC members in the council areas to ensure that they protect their votes while not fermenting crisis on the election day.