Charles Soludo, former CBN governor, and twelve other aspirants have indicated interest to contest for the All Progressives Congress (APC) ticket in the forthcoming Anambra governorship election later this year.
Other contestants are Andy Uba, Ifeanyi Ubah, George Muoghalu, Barth Nwibe, Obinna Okonkwo and Paul Chukwuma.
The rest are Chike Obidigbo, Raph Okeke, Tony Nwoye, Uche Ekwunife, Obinna Uzor and Donatus Okonkwo.
Emeka Ibe, chairman of the party in the state, made this known to reporters in Awka, the state capital, on Tuesday.
Soludo, Ifeanyi Ubah, Andy Ubah have all contested for the governorship seat in the past, either on the PDP or Labour Party platforms, but failed.
Ibe added that there would be no automatic ticket for any aspirant. He said they would all participate in the state’s primary before a candidate would emerge.
“We will give all aspirants equal playing ground. There is no special interest in any aspirant,” he said.
“We will hold transparent primary for them because they are all qualified to unseat Gov. Willie Obiano.
“Any of them who emerges as our candidate in the state is capable of removing Obiano from office.”
He added that the party would embark on continuous membership registration exercise before the end of the month to accommodate those who want to join in the state.
However, Ibe said anybody with criminal records would not be allowed to join the party in the state.
He maintained that there was no zoning arrangement in the party, adding that new members would have equal rights as old ones.
Source: The Cable