The Independent National Electoral Commission has released the list of governorship candidates in Imo State leaving out the name of the candidate Hope Uzodimma representing the ruling All Progressives Congress.
Punch correspondent who visited INEC’s office in the state saw the candidates’ names and that of their running mates displayed alongside their credentials and personal information.
Among the top names who made the INEC lists are a former deputy speaker of the House of Representatives, Emeka Ihedioha of the People’s Democratic Party, Ike Ibe of the Independent Party and a former Senator, Ifeanyi Araraume of the All Progressives Grand Alliance.
Three women emerged as governorship candidates. They are, Omeogu Chidiebere of the African Action Congress, Joy Udodiri of MMN and Adaku Ibe of the Democratic Peoples Party.
A source at the INEC office told our correspondent that there were court orders stopping the Commission from publishing the name of the APC governorship candidate. Uche Nwosu and Senator Hope Uzodinma have been battling, both in court and within the party for who should be its candidate.
While Nwosu was declared the winner of the October 6 APC governorship primary, Uzodinma was pronounced winner of the October 1 primary which allegedly did not hold in the state.