Anambra Guber Primaries: APC’s Appeal Panel Clears Ezeemo


The All Progressives Congress (APC) has nullified the disqualification of Mr. Godwin Ezeemo from contesting for the party’s ticket to the November 16 governorship election in Anambra State.
The party’s National Secretary, Mr Tijani Tunsah, confirmed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in a telephone interview at the weekend in Awka.

He said Ezeemo had, therefore, by the decision, been cleared to contest the party’s governorship primary election scheduled for today by the screening panel.

“I can confirm that the decision to disqualify Ezeemo has been reversed, and he has now been cleared to contest the primaries,” the official said.

Ezeemo was earlier disqualified by the party’s screening panel on the grounds that he had dual citizenship.
But protests had trailed his disqualification, with Ezeemo heading to the party’s primaries appeal panel.
Meanwhile, Ezeemo, following his clearance, had at the weekend, arrived in the state to the warm embrace of hundreds of APC supporters.

The supporters had thronged Amanse, the border town between Enugu State and Anambra State, to receive him.
They had carried placards, some of which read “With Godwin Ezeemo, Next Level”, “Here We Come,” “The Hero of Our Time, Ezeemo, is a Divine Messenger.”

Addressing them, Ezeemo expressed appreciation for the support given to him by the party faithful, who came out to receive him in such great numbers.
“Because of this, I will not disappoint you,” he said.

The governorship aspirant told the supporters that the reversal of his disqualification, followed the petition he forwarded to the appeal panel through the internet.

“In view of this, I pledge that our children will be part of the current internet technology,” he said.
Ezeemo pointed out that the state had not developed to the level it ought to, promising to transform the state to its rightful socio-economic position if he became its governor.

The party’s national caucus, at a meeting in Abuja, had adopted Ngige as a consensus candidate for the state election.
This had followed the stepping down by one of the governorship aspirants, Senator Annie Okonkwo, for Ngige.
Ezeemo had gone on to contest the decision and called for fair primaries.

“I called for a true internal democracy which the party stands for, and if at the end of a free and fair primary election on Monday I lose, I will wholeheartedly give all my support for the party’s success in the state,’’ the aspirant said.

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