The Association of Anambra State Registered Voters (ASARVOTE) has urged INEC not to include candidates from the All Progressives Congress (APC), All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the November 6, 2021 gubernatorial election.
The organisation stated in a statement signed by its National President, Dr. Jezie Ekejiuba, and National Secretary, Sylvester Odife (Jnr), that the three parties should be delisted until the various lawsuits they are involved in are ultimately resolved by the Supreme Court.
The signatories noted that “INEC has been duly served these court orders and counter court orders, the latest being Mr. Chike Dike v. INEC and two others, namely APGA and Mr. Jude Okeke, in suit No. HOW/543/2021, which declared Chukwuma Umeoji as the authentic candidate of APGA in the forthcoming election.
The duo noted: “It is the inalienable right of every voter to know for certainty which candidate he or she intends to vote for and not be confused as to the identity of the candidate in an election such as the Anambra State governorship poll.
“It is on this note that we hereby call on INEC to delist APGA, PDP, and APC candidates from the Anambra State gubernatorial list because of the pending litigations.”
The representatives of the group stated that the electoral body must adhere to its established precedents of obeying court and counter-court orders by enlisting only political parties that have no and await the Supreme Court’s final pronouncement on who is the authentic candidate of the APGA, PDP, and APC.
According to them, INEC adopted a similar pattern in the Imo State senatorial election squabble between Senator Ifeanyi Araraume and Senator Frank Ibezim, the ultimate Supreme Court winner.
“INEC in heeding this call to delist the names of the APGA, PDP, and APC candidates from the Anambra State 2021 gubernatorial list will be following the rule of law that it is the political parties that contest the election and also the established principle of law in Ezegbu vs F.A.T.B (1992) 1 NWLR (Part 220) Page 669 Per Niki Tobi JCA (as he then was) which held…” parties are aware of pending court processes, and whether the court has not given a specific injunction order, parties are bound to maintain the status quo pending the determination of the court process.
They should on no account resort to self-help,” the statement stated.