Anambra guber :Ezeemo not qualified to contest


By Obi Ogadi

The gubernatorial candidate of the Progressive People Alliance (PPA) today in the Grand Finale of the Anambra State governorship debates admitted that he is a dual citizenship, being a citizen of Britain and Nigeria.

Anambra house
Anambra house

This development brings the candidate face- to face with Section 182 Subsection 1 paragraph (a) of the Constitution of the federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, as amended. Section 182 1(a) of the constition reads:

No person shall be qualified for election to the office of Governor of a State if – (a) Subject to the provisions of section 28 of this Constitution, he has voluntarily acquired the citizenship of a country other than Nigeria or, except in such cases as may be prescribed by the National Assembly, he has made a declaration of allegiance to such other country.

The confirmation is raising questions regarding whether INEC has done a thorough job of screening the gubernatorial candidates.

Mr Thomas Ikenna, a participant in the debate noted that ‘INEC (Independent National Electoral Commission) still has a lot to do to assure people that they are doing their job’ Ezeemo was also confronted with the fact of his conviction by a British court also tried to exonerate himself from the conviction charge when he claimed that he was involved in the conviction by virtue of the fact that he is a Director in Orient Export.

However facts available show that he was convicted in his personal capacity along with this son Chika Ezeemo and the company as separate persons.



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