OrderPaperToday-The National Secretariat of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has reiterated that the party’s Senatorial Candidate for the Anambra Central Senatorial Zone, Barrister Sharon Ikeazor is still very much in the race to contest the election scheduled for March 5, 2016.
The party made this clarification in order to set matters straight concerning media reports suggesting that Ikeazor has been excluded from the election by INEC.
According to a press statement signed by APC National Secretary Mai Mala Buni, “the party is not in receipt of any communication from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in respect of the purported exclusion of the APC Senatorial Candidate.
“For the sake of clarity, the following should be noted:
1. Dr. Chris Ngige who contested the election in March 2015 on the platform of the APC is now a Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and has withdrawn from the fresh election ordered by the Court of Appeal.
2. To avoid a vacuum, the party after due process presented the candidature of Barrister (Mrs.) Sharon Ikeazor as replacement for the original candidate who withdrew from the race.
3. By law, a political party has the right to nominate and sponsor candidates in all elections in Nigeria. It is immaterial whether it is a general election, bye–election, new election, fresh election or election of any nomenclature.
4. The right of a political party to substitute a candidate who dies or withdraws his/her candidacy is contained in Sections 33 and 35 of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended)”, the statement stated.
The press released concluded by saying that “ The All Progressives Congress (APC) is confident that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as a law-abiding body will be guided by the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended) and continue its efforts to deliver peaceful, free, fair and credible elections.”