7th October, 2021
By Chimezie Anaso
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC on Thursday published the final list of candidates for the November 6 Anambra governorship election.
According to the list signed by Mr Festus Okoye, National Commissioner in charge of INEC’s Information and Voter Education Committee, 18 candidates will contest in the Anambra election.
Among the 18 candidates were Prof. Chukwuma Soludo of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and Sen. Andy Uba of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Also, Mr Valentine Ozigbo alongside his running mate, Mrs Azuka Enemo, were listed as gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)
The list also had Sen Ifeanyi Uba as the candidate of Young Progressives Party (YPP) while Dr Obiora Okonkwo would fly the flag of Zenith Labour Party (ZLP).
Other parties and candidates listed by INEC for the Anambra poll were Obiora Agbasimalo, Labour Party; Dr Godwin Maduka, Accord Party’s; Bennet Etiaba, ( AA); Chidozie Nwankwo,( AAC); Akachukwu Nwankpo (ADC), Afam Ume-ezeoke (ADP); Geoffrey Onyejegbu (APM); Philip Echetebu (APP), Okeke Chika Jerry (BOOT Party).
Leonard Ohajinkpo will contest on the platform of NNPP, Afam Ezenwafor for NRM, Nnamdi Nwawuo for PRP and Obinna Uzoh for SDP.
In a reaction, Ozigbo said the Anambra governorship election was winnable for him as the PDP had the brightest chance among all the parties in the contest going by the vigorous campaigns he had ran and the feedback received.
According to him, in spite of the handful of defections, PDP retains the comparative advantage of the grassroots.
“Our team is more resolute because we know the hope of Anambra people lies on us. We are going to spare nothing to ensure we get it right at the grassroots and win this election.
“There will be a better story to tell at the end,” Ozigbo said.