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|Governor, Sullivan Chime,Has Lost The Governorship Ticket and relisted his name by EVANS4GOD(m): 1:16am On Feb 15, 2011|
Enugu State Governor, Sullivan Chime, has lost the governorship ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party for the April elections.
Another Enugu PDP member, Mr. Anayo Onwuegbu, was listed as the PDP governorship candidate in the state in the list of candidates displayed at the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Enugu on Monday night.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner, Enugu State, Mr. Josiah Uwazuruonye, told THE PUNCH that the list of candidates displayed was the one received from Abuja in the meantime.
The Independent National Electoral Commission on Tuesday rescinded its earlier decision to deny incumbent Governor of Enugu State, Mr. Sullivan Chime recognition based on a Court Order served it.
Details of what led to the development were not available at the time of filing this report.
However, our correspondents obtained a copy of the letter written by the INEC Headquarters directing the Enugu State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr. Josiah Uwazurunoye, to effect the change.
In the letter, INEC directed Uwazurunoye to withdraw an earlier list and publish the list containing the particulars of Chime and others in his camp.
The INEC letter, dated February 14 was signed by the INEC commissioner in charge of Legal Services, Mr. Philip Umeadi Jnr.
The letter was titled, “Re: Publication of forms CF001 affidavit in support of personal particulars of candidate.”
It reads, “My letter dated February 11, 2011 refers. Please note that sequel to developments in the ongoing proceedings in the matter, the particulars of the candidate earlier sent to you for publication should be suspended.
“On the advice of our legal team, kindly prepare for publication the particulars of Mr. Sullivan Chime and others on the list.”
Meanwhile, the Enugu State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party has condemned the publication of the name of Chief Anayo Onwuegbu as the governorship candidate of the party by the Independent National Electoral Commission.
In his reaction to the development, the state chairman of the PDP, Mr. Vita Abba, described the act by some officials of the commission as quite unfortunate and regrettable, pointing out that it negated all tenets of due process in law.
Abba said, “Our first reaction was to ignore such an irresponsible act by some elements within INEC, ostensibly motivated by certain inducements from some desperate politicians who are out to score cheap points.
“There are questions that must be asked and which need answers from INEC.
“How did they (INEC) come about the name of the person purportedly pasted on their board in Enugu? If the list or name did not emanate from the PDP headquarters, how did the commission or its officials in Enugu come about it?
“Why did INEC wait till yesterday (Monday) to publish the name, after counsels to both parties made their arguments to set aside the interlocutory injunction and ruling was fixed for Wednesday?”
Uwazuruonye said the development was sequel to the decision of an Abuja High Court, which ruled on Monday that Onwuegbu was the legitimate candidate PDP governorship.
Among the governorship candidates who made the list were Mr. Obinna Obiegue of the All Progressives Grand Alliance and Dr. Dan Shere of the People for Democratic Change, a new platform for Ebeano structure of former Enugu State Chimaroke Nnamani.
Chime had governor made the first list published last week Monday but it was withdrawn less than 24 hours after on the directive of INEC National Commissioner (Legal Services), Philip Umeadi.
Umeadi’s directive was prompted by an order of an Abuja High Court that INEC and PDP should deal with Onwuegbu and 38 others as the PDP candidates in Enugu State for April elections and not Chime and the line up of candidates from his faction of PDP in the state led by Vita Abba.
Meanwhile, the exclusion of Chime from the list of governorship candidates has created apprehension among his supporters, who felt that the battle was over with the presentation of flag to the governor last Friday by the Acting National Chairman of PDP, Bello Haliru.
One of Chime’s supporters, who pleaded anonymity, described his exclusion from the INEC candidate list as ‘very worrisome’, more so when the time for substitution of candidates by parties seem to have elapsed.
But, Onwuegbu’s supporters thronged the state secretariat of INEC on Monday, jubilating over the listing of their man as the PDP candidate in the state.
But our correspondent’s efforts to get the Director General, Sullivan Campaign Organisation, Dr. Festus Uzor, to speak, proved abortive as at press time.
|Re: Governor, Sullivan Chime,Has Lost The Governorship Ticket and relisted his name by nonnyno(m): 6:07pm On Feb 15, 2011|
interesting story. Enugu pdp and the many intrigues. The crisis in the party is a blessing to the other smaller parties like PDC. While pdp is busy scrambling over the list of candidates, pdc is busy campaigning @ the grassroot level and are gaining more grounds. They are capitalizing on those areas that mr. Chime didn't do well on like the near-death state of the two tertiary institutions, IMT n Esut, insensitivity to wishes of the people especially on choosing their representatives, imposition of candidates, concentration of projects in urban areas only and his elitist leadership style. The party currently has large followership around Nsukka and . Nkanu areas of the state and is likely to win some elective positions in the state if free and fair elections are conducted. The leader of the party, Chimaroke Nnamani still enjoys great loyalty especially from grassroot politicians.
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