BY HENRY UMORU
…As committee disqualifies Tony Nwoye, 3 others
ABUJA—AHEAD of the August 24 Anambra State primary election of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, the leadership of the party, Wednesday, cleared the following aspirants to contest the election. They are: Senators Andy Uba and Emmanuel Anosike Obi; Chief Iyom Josephine Anenih; Dr. Obinna Uzoh; Prince Nicholas Ukachukwu; Mr Mike Oloye; Nze Akachukwu Nwankpo; Chief Ugochukwu Okeke; Amb. Jerry Ugokwe; Patrick Nduka Ugbomo; Agape Ifunanyachukwu Dike- Kramer; Dr. Alex Obiogbolu; Charles Odunukwe; and Walter Ubaka Okeke while four aspirants who paid N11 million for the expression of interest and nomination forms were disqualified.
Vanguard gathered that the Ambassador Aminu Wali-led Screening Committee for Anambra State did not clear Tony Nwoye; Onwuanyi Afamefuna Damian; Sylvester Okonkwo and Ugochukwu Okeke.
A source told Vanguard that the aspirants did not scale through based on what the committee termed irregularities in the documentation of tax papers.
Other members of the Screening Committee were former Deputy Governor of Ekiti State, Mrs Biodun Olujimi; Mohammed Umaru Kumalia; former Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Austin Okpala and Casmir Ugwu.
The aspirants, the source said, would appeal their disqualification before the screening appeal panel, headed by former governor of Zamfara State, Alhaji Mahmud Aliyu Shinkafi, just as they will appear tomorrow to pay another N180, 000.
Other members of the appeal panel are the National Zonal Chairmen of PDP, Col. Austin Akobundu; Alhaji Yusuf Ayitogu; Senator Girgiri Lawan; Sen. Ibrahim Kazaure; Dr. Steve Oru and Chief Ishola Filani.
Others are Gen. Charles Airhiavbere (rtd); Sen. Teslim Folarin; Dauda Birma; Nuhu Zagbayi; Nicholas Amande and Mao Ohuabunwa to serve as Secretary.
It will be recalled that aspirants who submitted and appeared before the screening committee on Tuesday were Senators Andy Uba and Emmanuel Anosike Obi; Chief Iyom Josephine Anenih; Dr. Obinna Uzoh; Prince Nicholas Ukachukwu; Barrister Mike Oloye; Nze Akachukwu Nwankpo; Chief Ugochukwu Okeke; Amb. Jerry Ugokwe; Sylvester Okonkwo; Tony Nwoye; Patrick Nduka Ugbomo; Agape Ifunanyachukwu Dike- Kramer; Dr. Alex Obiogbolu; Charles Odunukwe; Onwuanyi Afamefuna Damian and Walter Ubaka Okeke.
Those who picked forms and did not return were Eucharia Azodo; Donatus Okonkwo; Chukwuka Onyema; Adimachukwu Calista; Chinyere Udemba; Ikeobasi Mokelu; Linda Chuba Ikepeazu, among others.
– Via Vanguard