The Anambra State chapter of All Progressives Congress, APC, has started shopping for a candidate that will fly its flag in the scheduled fresh election in Anambra Central senatorial district in March this year.
The decision to shop for a fresh candidate followed the withdrawal of the party’s candidate in the March 28, 2015 general elections, Dr. Chris Ngige, who has since been made Minister of Labour and Employment.
Ngige formally announced his withdrawal from the race at an emergency meeting of the state executive members and stakeholders of the party in Awka, the state capital on Sunday, following a resolution by the party contained in a six-paragraph communique.
The communique by Ngige and the state Chairman of the party, Mr. Emeka Ibeh, praised the decision of the Court of Appeal, Enugu that nullified the Anambra Central senatorial election and ordered fresh poll.
The appellate court in a judgment in the appeal filed by Chief Victor Umeh of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, nullified the election of Senator Uche Ekwunife of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to conduct fresh elections in Anambra Central senatorial district within 90 days.
The communique read: “Our candidate in that last senatorial election is also the incumbent Minister of Labour and Employment. We observe the importance of this national assignment and the scourge of unemployment in the country. We therefore, request our leader and Senator Ngige to continue with his national assignment. He had earlier discharged the function as a credible senator in the 7th Senate.
“Because our party, the APC, is now the party to beat, the party will use its machinery in conjunction with our national party structure to nominate a credible substitute which our leader will now deliver in the 8th Senate”.