Embattled candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for the forthcoming November 6 governorship election in Anambra state, Valentine Ozigbo has called for calm following his exclusion from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)’s published list of parties’ candidates and their running mates for the poll.
In the state capital, Awka on Saturday, Ozigbo assured his supporters that he was still in the race despite his exclusion from the list.
He hinted that the party has mobilized resources to ensure that the order was vacated to enable INEC to update its records with his name as the gubernatorial candidate for the state as was earlier forwarded to the electoral body by the PDP.
Earlier on Friday, INEC released an official list of candidates’ names and their running mates for the election.
The electoral commission had dropped Ozigbo following a court order. Both Ozigbo and Ugochukwu Uba, who emerged parallel candidates of the PDP from the June 26 primary election, were missing from the list.
Addressing the matter, Ozigbo assured that INEC’s reliance on a court order in not publishing the name of the PDP candidate, Mr Valentine Ozigbo, was “a matter of procedure and temporary.”
This was contained in a statement issued by his media adviser, Aziza Uko.
“It is on record that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had the most credible party primary ahead of the November 6 Anambra State governorship election.
“Most of the aspirants, present at the primary venue on June 26, 2021, spontaneously congratulated Ozigbo once he was declared the winner. They went on to formally publish their congratulations to him as the elected candidate of the party.
“The development, in which aspirants congratulate the elected candidate attests to the acceptability of the candidacy of Valentine Ozigbo and the transparency of the process from which he emerged,” the statement read in part.
Uko further stated that “the issues will be resolved in no time and open the space for a one-of-a-kind campaign on issues that were top on the minds of Ndi Anambra with regards to their yearnings for transformational leadership that will usher in a new era of peace and progress to the State.