MINISTER of Labour and Productivity, Dr. Chris Ngige Friday said he was not a candidate in rescheduled Anambra Central Senatorial re-run billed for Saturday 13 January 2018.
In a late Friday night statement, Nigige, a contestant for the seat in 2015 told his supporters he was not running.
Ngige said he disqualified from the contest in 2016 and accordingly wrote the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, indicating his lack of in the seat.
INEC, he said, would hear from his lawyers if his name is on the ballot paper on Saturday.
His statement read:
“The attention of the Honourable Minister of Labour and Employment that INEC has listed his name in the rerun election being conducted by the INEC on January 13 2018
“For the information of the general public and voters and my numerous supporters in Anambra Central Senatorial District, I am not participating in the said election which can be described as a charade.
” I had since by a letter dated 11th January 2016 withdrawn from this rerun when it was earlier scheduled for March 2016 in accordance with the provisions of sections 33 &35 of the Electoral Act 2010 for personal and family reasons. “My party APC promptly wrote the commission of its intention to organise a primary election for my substitution.
“A 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 and illegal action of INEC with hearing on the matter fixed for 23rd of January which is still within the armbit of 90 days ordered by Court only for them 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 am using this forum to inform that I am not participating in this kangaroo election and listing my name on the ballot will earn them a litigation because it is an illegal action which will be roundly challenged in court.
“INEC actions which are biased, and jaundiced will be viewed as an act intentionally undertaken to humiliate and ridicule my person. To be forewarned is to be forearmed.”