The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday released the final list of candidates for the Anambra Governorship election slated to hold on November 6, 2021.
In a statement by the National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, 18 registered political parties will be participating in the election.
“In line with the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the election released on 19th January 2021, the Commission has today, 7th October 2021 implemented two additional activities.
“The Final Register of Voters for the Anambra Governorship election was presented to the 18 Registered Political Parties participating in the election at the headquarters of the Commission in Awka, Anambra State.
“Furthermore, the Commission released the Final List of Candidates for the election and has pasted same in the State office of the Commission in Awka, Anambra State. The List has also been uploaded to the Commission’s website and social media platforms”, the statement read in parts.
Mr. Okoye disclosed that INEC will be holding an emergency consultative meeting on Friday, October 8, with the leadership of all registered political parties in Abuja.
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“In its unwavering determination to conduct a credible election, the Commission will tomorrow, 8th October 2021 hold an emergency consultative meeting with the leadership of all the registered political parties in Nigeria at the Commission’s Headquarters in Abuja”, he said.
He assured the people of the state of the commission’s resolve to secure a safe environment that will enable them to vote.
“The Commission further assures the people of Anambra State of its resolve to secure the preparation processes for the conduct of the Governorship election and ensure that their right to vote in a safe and secure environment is guaranteed”, Okoye added.
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See the list of candidates below:
PARTY – GOVERNOR – DEPUTY
A – Maduka Godwin – Obi Ifeatu
AA – Etiaba Chukwuogo – Uchebo Mwao
AAC – Nwankwo Chidozie – Nwaebili Clare
ADC – Akachukwu Nwankpo – Lawrence Ughamadu
ADP – Ume-Ezeoke Douglas – Maxwell Chukujama
APC – Andy Uba – Chukwuemeka Okafor
APGA – Charles Soludo – Ibezim Gilbert
APM – Onyejegbu Okwudili – Onuora Letitia
APP – Azubuike Echetebu – Ogbonna Nnabike
BP – Chika Okeke – Chika Adibe
LP – Agbasimalo Emmanuel – Muokwue Peter
NNPP – Ohajimkpo Emeka – Nwude Ebelechukwu
NRM – Ezenwafor Victor – Ojukwu Chukwuma
PDP – Valentine Ozigbo – Lilian Enemo
PRP – Nnamdi Nwawuo – Igbo Gozie
SDP – Uzoh Godwin – Chira Obiora
YPP – Ifeanyi Ubah – Okechukwu Eze
ZLP – Okonkwo Francis – Jessie Uka
Meanwhile, the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, has ordered the immediate posting of Echeng Echeng as the new Commissioner of Police in Anambra State.
He takes over from CP Tony Olofu, who has been redeployed to the Force Headquarters, Abuja.
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The IGP has also ordered the deployment of a detachment of NPF Special Forces to bolster and complement the ongoing peace-building efforts of the Nigeria Police Operation Restore Peace in Anambra State.
This was contained in a statement on Tuesday, by the force spokesman, Frank Mba, titled, ‘IG orders posting of CP Echeng Echeng as new commissioner of police, Anambra State.’
It said, “The IGP, who is particularly concerned by the renewed incidents of attacks on innocent individuals and symbol of state authority in the state, ordered the new commissioner of police to mobilize both kinetic and non-kinetic law enforcement and crime-fighting approaches to reverse the negative trend, reclaim public spaces from hoodlums and restore public peace in the state.”
Echeng, who until his recent posting, was the commissioner of police in-charge of Bayelsa State, holds a first degree in History from the University of Maiduguri.
An experienced peace-builder, he received extensive training on global peace support operations at Mission Training Cell, Kielce, Poland, amongst other tactical and leadership courses, the statement noted.
He has also served as a former Police Component Commander, Joint Task Force, Operation Delta Safe, Deputy Commissioner of Police in-charge of Zonal CID, Zone-13, Ukpo, Anambra State, amongst other key positions.
The IG charged the new police chief to work with other stakeholders and patriotic forces in Anambra State to restore law and order ‘leveraging on his professional experience.’
“The IGP also called on Ndi-Anambra to support and cooperate with the new Commissioner of Police in his task of protecting the lives and property of all.
His posting is with immediate effect,” the statement added.