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PDP Disqualifies Valentine Ozigbo, Tony Nwoye, 6 others for Senate, House of Reps in Anambra

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The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) National Assembly Screening Panel has disqualified Valentine Ozigbo, Tony Nwoye, Obinna Uzo and Chuma Nzeribe who had earlier indicated interest to contest for Senatorial election under the party.

The Panel also disqualified Dr Chira Obiora and Johnmary Akachukwu billed to go to the House of Representatives.

In the report of the three-man Panel dated May 3, 2022 and made up of Dr. Alfred Isename, Chairman, Okpara Ahamefula, Member and Barr. Imo Williams, Secretary; these candidates were disqualified for reasons bordering on lying on oath, criminal record and other factors, but the Panel also upheld the candidacy of Vincent Ofumelu, Iwunor Ndife, Offor Kingsley and Obinna Menakaya.

In the report directed to the party’s National Organising Secretary, Hon. Umar Bature, the Panel investigated for Senate: Hon. Valentine Ozigbo, Tony Nwoye, Dr. Obinna Uzor, Rt. Hon. Chuma Nzeribe.

For House of Representatives, it investigated Hon. Vincent Ekene Ofumelu, Dr. Chira Obiora Uzochukwu, Barr. Johnmary Akachukwu Mmadukolam, Iwunor Maxwell Ndife, Offor Kenechukwu Kingsley and Obinna Chris Manakaya.

In its findings the Panel said Vaelntine Ozigbo was disqualified because he submitted his expression of interest and nomination forms late and did not show or prove to the panel that he submitted his form timeously.

“The aspirant was more concerned about his status as leader of the party, rather than show reasonable cause to the panel as to the timing of his submissions to the party,” the Panel said.

On Tony Nwoye, the Panel said he was disqualified because he was a leader of the PDP mercenary that destroyed Anambra State in 2004 and had a documented history of tax related infractions.

“That the aspirant obtained and received a tax clearance certificate issued by the Anambra State Government which listed his source of income as medical practices, whereas, the aspirant is not a graduate, talk less of being a medical doctor; that the aspirant has a record of lying under oath. That the aspirant was a medical student who dropped out of UNEC medical school in year three and was rusticated by the school authorities for cult related activities,” the Panel said.

On Dr Obinna Uzor, the Panel said the aspirant deliberately misinformed or lied to the party in his nomination form. “At Column 12 of the aspirant’s nomination form, the question was asked if he had ever been tried by any Court of Law. He answered in the negative, suggesting that he had never been tried by any Court of Law. The panel is in receipt of a charge before the Federal High Court-Abuja, in Charge No. FHC/ABJ/CR/78/2020 between FRN v. Eziafa Samuel Enwedo & Obinna Uzoh.  iv.

The above shows that the aspirant deliberately failed to disclose the facts of this charge, his arraignment and trial,” the Panel stated.

The Panel said Chuma Nzeribe deliberately misinformed and lied to the party. Noting that there was a subsisting Bench Warrant issued against the aspirant for his arrest by a court of competent jurisdiction on 215t March, 2022; adding that the aspirant despite repeated assurance that he “is on his way to Abuja to appear before the panel, did not make himself available to speak to the allegations against him, rather he sent a legal representative to submit an appeal against his disqualification.”

 

 

 

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