I’m still PDP senatorial candidate for Enugu East –Nnamani
Chimaroke Nnamani, the former governor of Enugu State, has described his expulsion from the Peoples Democratic Party as a ruse, claiming that he has been cleared by the Independent National Electoral Commission to run in the National Assembly election rescheduled for this Saturday in the Enugu East Senatorial District.
Nnamani also reassured his constituents that his election candidacy was irrevocable, stating that his people were with him and had given him their full support.
This was stated in a letter written by his attorney, Rickey Tarfa, SAN, to Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu, chairman of INEC.
INEC has announced the postponement of senatorial elections in the Enugu East Senatorial District due to the death of the Labour Party’s senatorial candidate, Oyibo Chukwu.
During the week of the election, gunmen opened fire on Chukwu’s convoy in Amechi Awkunanaw, Enugu South Local Government Area, and set him ablaze.
In a letter to the chairman of INEC, Nnamani’s attorney stated, “The PDP National Working Committee cannot unilaterally remove him (Nnamani) from the contest because his purported expulsion is already the subject of litigation pending before the Federal High Court in suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/163/2023, which seeks to set aside his expulsion from the party.
“It is also important for the commission to note and be guided by the fact that, pursuant to Section 33 of the Electoral Act, a political party cannot unilaterally remove or change a candidate whose name has been submitted and published by the commission for an election, unless the candidate dies or withdraws.”
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