Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige has denied report that he will be contesting the rerun of  Anambra Central Senatorial Election to be held on the 13th of January 2018.
The Minister was the candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) at the 2015 Anambra Central Senatorial election.
The Court of Appeal in Abuja on Thursday dismissed a motion seeking to restrain INEC from conducting the re-run election into the Anambra Central Senatorial District.
The Minister in a statement signed by himself and sent to The Nation said he will not be participating in an election he described as charade.
Dr. Ngige said he had earlier notified his party, (APC) of his intention to withdraw from the senatorial rerun election when it was earlier scheduled for March 2016
“My  attention has been drawn to a list by the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) which contains  my name as a candidate in the  rerun Anambra Central Senatorial Election being conducted Saturday, January 13, 2018”.
“For the information of the General Public and voters as well as my  numerous supporters in Anambra Central Senatorial District,  I’m not participating in the said election which can be described as a charade’.
“I have since by a letter dated 11th January 2016 withdrawn from this rerun  Election when it was earlier scheduled for March 2016 in accordance with the provisions of sections 33 &35 of the Electoral Act 2010 for personal& Family reasons’.
“My party, the  APC accepted and promptly wrote INEC for my substitution. It went ahead and  communicated its intention to organise a primary election for my substitution”.
“The primary monitored by INEC was organised at Awka and the name of a new candidate that emerged was promptly submitted, only for INEC to reject the new candidate on 29 January”.
“My party,  the APC and INEC are in the Court of Appeal Abuja over this obnoxious & illegal action of INEC with hearing on the matter fixed for 23rd of January which is still within the armbit of 90days ordered by court, only for the INEC to fix an ‘election’ for  13th in order to give an unfair advantage to the APGA candidate to go ‘unopposed”.
‘I have met with INEC on this issue and I’m using this forum to inform the general public  that I’m not  part of the re-run”.
The election was won by Mrs Uche Ekwunife of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), but the seat has been vacant since 2015 after Dr. Obiora Okonkwo of  PDP, filed suit against its former National Chiarman, Alhaji Adamu Muazu, INEC and Mrs. Ekwunife claiming he is the validly elected representative for Anambra Central Senatorial District.
INEC has decided to conduct a rerun which it said was based on three subsisting judgement of court of Appeal directing it within 90 days to conduct a rerun poll for the senatorial district.
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