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APC says panel report on former Anambra lawmaker, Ekwunife, not final

The All Progressives Congress has said it would await the completion of its senatorial primary election for Anambra Central, in an apparent rejection of a report by its panel recommending the disqualification of a former House of Representatives member, Uche Ekwunife, from contesting for the seat, on an APC ticket.

The report by a screening committee, headed by Osita Okechukwu, had recommended the denial of the party’s ticket to Ms. Ekwunife, calling her a “fair weather hen” who changed political parties at will.

Ms. Ekwunife is a former member of at least four political parties. Her election as a senator, on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, was annulled by the courts, prompting a rerun.

Ahead of the fresh polls, she defected to the ruling APC.

The screening committee of the party selected Sharon Ikeazor, a former interim woman leader of the party, as its candidate in the election.

But in a statement Thursday night, the APC national secretary, Bala Buni, said it would allow its primary election for the Anambra seat to be concluded.

“The All Progressives Congress warns against the declaration of any result from the Anambra Central Senatorial primary election conducted by the party,” Mr. Buni said.

“Senator Domingo Obende who was duly appointed by the party to conduct the primaries is yet to declare a final result, hence any other result announced from any quarter is null and void.

“The media and general public is advised to await completion of the exercise,” he added.

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