The inclusion of Senator Chimaroke Nnamani as a member of the All Progressives Congress, APC and Bola Tinubu Presidential Campaign Council has produced a counter-reaction.
Quest Times reported that the APC released the Presidential Campaign Council list on Friday following weeks of anxiety and serial postponements.
Nnamani, a former governor of Enugu State between 1999 and 2007, but currently representing Enugu East Senatorial District in the upper chamber of the National Assembly, is listed as a member of the local government directorate. He is the 350th slot on the APC’s 422-member PCC list signed by the secretary of the council, James Faleke.
Reacting, Tinubu’s spokesperson, Bayo Onanuga, admitted that the inclusion of Senator Chimaroke Nnamani in the campaign list “was an error”, contradicting his colleague’s (Festus Keyamo) claim that it was intentional.
According to Keyamo, “no refutal from the other side (PDP)” adding that “there is a fundamental right in our constitution to freely associate with whomever you want to associate with”.
“So, if you associate with the party (PDP), you don’t believe in any of his candidate and you want to campaign for the candidate of another party (APC) in respect of a particular office (presidency); I think that is an issue that other party (PDP) should deal with,” Keyamo stated when asked on Channels TV’s Politics Today to clear the air on the controversies surrounding the APC’s campaign list.
But, in a chat with Vanguard, Onanuga countered Keyamo’s submission saying it was a mistake which could have arisen from the fact that Chimaroke (the senator in question) shares a surname with Ken who is also a prominent politician from Enugu.
“It is an error. It should be Ken Nnamani,” he said.
Quest Times understands Chimaroke Nnamani is also seeking a return to the Senate for the third time and is listed by INEC as the PDP senatorial candidate for Enugu East in the February 2023 election.
See a copy of the list where Nnamani’s name appeared below: