INEC removes Imo PDP candidate from HOR election list
Written by Taiwo Adekola on February 22, 2023
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has removed the name of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, candidate in Imo State, Albert Agulanna, from the list of House of Representatives candidates in the February 25 elections.
Agulanna is the sacked PDP candidate seeking to represent Aboh Mbaise/Ngor Okpala federal constituency of the state in the House of Representatives.
The withdrawal of his name followed an order of the Appeal Court in January.
A check on the INEC website by our correspondent on today revealed that the electoral body did not include any name as a candidate of the party.
The electoral commission added “court order” as part of the reasons for the withdrawal.
Newsmen had reported in January that the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja sacked the federal constituency candidate of the PDP in the state, Agulanna.
The court, in its ruling, also ordered that a fresh primary be held in the constituency within 14 days.
However, the Appeal Court in Owerri barred INEC and the PDP from going ahead to conduct a rerun primary election for the Aboh Mbaise/Ngor Okpala Federal Constituency.
Meanwhile, Agulanna has challenged the appellate court’s decision in the Supreme Court.
The apex court, on Tuesday, resumed hearing on the suit and after adopting processes, adjourned the case till March 3 for ruling.
But, the PDP has reiterated that its recognised candidate for the federal constituency is Agulanna.
PDP spokesperson, Collins Opuruzor, disclosed this today that the party was ready to go into the election and urged the people of the constituency to vote for it.
Reacting to the current list of candidates by INEC, Opuruzor noted that with time, the commission would update all that was necessary as the Supreme Court adjournment came in two days ago.