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As Soludo seeks unity, INEC recognizes the Oye group.

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has thrown its weight behind Victor Oye-led faction of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Anambra State. 2021 governorship poll.

The Oye-led faction conducted the primaries that produced former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Prof. Charles Soludo, as the party’s candidate for the November 6 election.

In a list released yesterday, the commission stated that the party’s National Chairman, Oye, is the only recognized leadership of the party.

Labaran Maku, National Secretary, National Treasurer (Damian Ozurumba), Financial Secretary (Garba Ibrahim), and National Legal Adviser were also on the list (Ifeanyi Mbaeri).

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Both Oye and a faction led by Jude Okeke had staked a claim to the party’s leadership. APGA faces disqualification for the November 6 election, according to INEC, since it failed to notify the commission before holding an ad-hoc congress to determine delegates for the primary.

Meanwhile, APGA governorship candidate Soludo has asked fellow candidates in the just-concluded primary to work with him to bring the party and Anambra State ahead.

“Let me offer my hand of fellowship, and look forward to a relationship with all of you for better APGA,” Soludo said in his acceptance speech after winning the party’s primary in Awka.

“The government over the next four years will have to lay the foundation for the Anambra Vision 2070. Ours is a land of infinite possibilities and opportunities.

“We need continuity, consolidation, and transformation to build on the existing foundation and maximise potentials. We need to unite and mobilise the creative energies and capital of the people all over the world as well as other investors to live out the essence of our motto: “Light of the Nation.”

If given the mandate, Soludo promised that he would use all of his global and national experiences and networks, as well as his local knowledge and experience as a rural lad, to make the people of Anambra proud.

“No vote will be taken for granted. We will strive tirelessly to earn each and every vote. We’ll double down on our efforts and campaign everywhere to reach as many people as possible. Our goal is to win 326 out of 326 wards and over one million votes in a free, fair, and transparent election, not just 21 out of 21 local councils,” he continued.

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