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Disquiet in Onitsha South as INEC delists Ikpeazu

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By Francis Ekpone

There is tension in 11 con­stituency following of the name of the All Progressives Grand Alli­ance (APGA) candidate, Beverly Nkemdiche Ikpeazu on the final list of the Anambra State House of Assembly candidates released last Thursday, by the Independent National Electoral Commission ().

, in the comprehensive list uploaded in their website, said was as a result of a court order.

Orient Daily learnt that six APGA aspirants to the State House of Assembly ticket, Ndu­ka Alor, Larry Edemanya, Eme­ka Akanegbu, Achebe Egbuna and two others dragged Ikpeazu to court on the ground that no primary election was held in the constituency but that a certifi­cate of return was issued to her by the leadership of APGA that supervised the election.

The development, this paper learnt, made many of the aspi­rants to dump APGA for other political parties. These included Nduka Alor who is now flying the flag of YPP in the constitu­ency.

INEC National Commission­er, Mr. Festus Okoye, said in Awka, during a sensitisation forum for the media on the 2019 elections, that the commission dropped candidates in Zamfara, Ogun, Rivers, Anambra and other states due to court order or lack of valid party primaries as enshrined in the 1999 consti­tution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.

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Reacting on the development, one of the aggrieved aspirants and candidate of YPP in the constituency, Nduka Alor, com­mended INEC and judiciary for the bold step of working within the ambits of the law, saying that the he who wants equity must go with clean hands.

He bemoaned Nkemdiche Ikpeazu, who he said is seek­ing for third term in the State Assembly without any impact on the constituents or for her eight years in the house, claiming that legislation was beyond paint­ing of schools and drilling of boreholes.

“Those things are not people’s priority. 11 con­stituency has over 4,000 unem­ployed youths and 70 percent of them are graduates. They need somebody that will discover their talents and empower them in such a way that they will be self-sufficient and employers of labour in their individual capacities.

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“We hope to create entrepre­neurship programme to cater for the welfare of the constitu­ents. There is need for synergy between representatives and electorates and that can only be realised through town hall meetings. Onitsha is a busi­ness environment that needs representatives that can make enabling laws that will abolish illegal levies by unauthorised agents and touting in the state and, as well, alleviate poverty in the area.

“YPP is a party that can ad­dress those needs; it’s a credible and transparent party that treats everyone equally and prioritises by representatives,” he said.


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