The All Progressives Congress (APC) have assured aspirants vying for the Anambra Central Senatorial zone a free, fair and credible primary election in the state.
Two women are now struggling for the seat. They are; Senator Uche Ekwuinfe and the former National Women Leader of the APC, Mrs Sharon Ikeazor.
While assuring the candidates of a level playing field, the state Chairman of the party, Mr Emeka Ibe, urged them to ensure a corruption-free contest.
The contestants maintained that their participation in the election, especially the Anambra Central Senatorial election, had many implications, but all tilted towards improving both the quality of and attitude towards election in Nigeria.
The election is scheduled to hold on February 23.
Mrs Ekwunife had won the previous election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), but a court nullified her victory.
Mrs Ekwunife, in an interview with Channels Television on January 8, said she defected because the PDP’s senatorial primaries were shifted indefinitely in protest of the arrest of the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Olisa Metuh.
The Anambra Central Senatorial seat candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Victor Umeh, has cautioned his opponent and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Uche Ekwunife, to desist from further moves ahead of the fresh election ordered by the Appeal Court in the senatorial zone.
According to Umeh, the judgment cited that Mrs Ekwunife was not a product of a valid party primary and therefore, was disqualified from running in the race as there was no window for primaries again.
Reacting to the development, Mrs Ekwunife advised Mr Umeh to desist from illusion and seek better interpretation to the judgment as she is still in the race as soon as her party, the PDP, concludes its upcoming primary slated for January 9 in which she expressed confidence that it would be in her favor.
The Court of Appeal had on December 7, upheld the suit brought to it by the APGA candidate, and nullified Senator Ekwunife’s election as Senator representing Anambra Central Senatorial Zone on the basis that she was not a product of a valid party primary and therefore not duly and legitimately nominated.
The court ordered for a fresh election within 90 days of the judgment.
Issues and complaints have continued to trail the March 28 Presidential and National Assembly Elections in Anambra State, as collation of results is concluded in various constituency and Local Government Headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) led by the Senator representing Anambra Central and a leader of the party in the State, Senator Chris Ngige, on Monday condemned the election and called for its cancellation.
In a press briefing, Senator Ngige, demanded that the election should be conducted based on the use card reader and the release of party members held hostage in some parts of the State.
Similarly, the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has maintained that the collation of results had not been transparent.
The APGA commended the INEC for ensuring a good outing at the riverine areas of Anambra East and West, but, however, had issues with the collation of results. Members of the ruling party in the State had accused the PDP of hijacking the process of collation to suit it.
Addressing the grouse of the political parties, the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr Edwin Nwatarali, said all issues should be addressed to the appropriate quarter, as the election and the commission were guided by law.
While the complaints mount, results of winners of the National Assembly elections are being announced.