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Jonathan, others to kick off Anambra PDP gov campaign

By The Citizen

Ahead of the November 16, 2013 governorship election in Anambra State, President Goodluck Jonathan will in a few days time  lead other Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chiefs to flag off  the campaign of its candidate Nicholas Ukachukwu in the state.

Meanwhile, the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) has  been criticised  over its inability to include in the comprehensive voters' register the list of voters captured during the Continuous Voters Registration, (CVR) exercise in Anambra last August.

Though the PDP's candidate for the election has remained contentious and subject to court adjudication especially between Ukachukwu and Tony Nwoye, the state's party chairman, Ken Emeakayi disclosed that the party eventually forwarded Ukachukwu's name to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Addressing enthusiastic PDP supporters who thronged Awka on Saturday to receive Ukachukwu,  Emeakayi said that the party's  National Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur and members of the National Working Committee (NWC) okayed Ukachukwu  on Friday.

'That is why I am here to introduce him to all of you who have been patient all the while, his name is Prince Nicholas Ukachukwu and his deputy is a prince from a royal family in Onitsha and a lawyer, Prince Dr. Harold Ekwerekwu', the chairman stated.

Ukachukwu  also disclosed he would introduce free education and scholarship scheme in the state once he becomes the governor. He said his focus  would  be on security, job creation, peace for all citizens, while agriculture and business loan would be given to all citizens.

Last week, INEC handed over soft copies of the voters' register to leaders of 23 political parties that fielded candidates for the November 16, 2013 governorship election in Anambra State.

But feelers from the state revealed that INEC failed to reflect the data generated from the last CVR in the voters' register to be used for the November election thus raising concerns that 'the stage has been set for the credibility of the governorship election to  be compromised, with the active connivance of the commission, (INEC)'.