I was forced to scp the password file from the primary to the standby. Simply recreating an identical password on both primary and standby file would not resolve the issue.
So, solution again.
Create the password file on the primary and scp to the standby.
orapwd file=/u01/app/oracle/product/12.2.0/dbhome_1/dbs/orapwGGTARGET password=JuNotReal11# force=Y entries=10 format=12
# note: if you do not specify “format=12” and your db version is 12.2 – 12.2 will enforce password complexity by default
# scp from primary to standby
[oracle@o68-122db dbs]$ pwd
[oracle@o68-122db dbs]$ scp orapwGG* oracle@ol69stby:/u01/app/oracle/product/12.2.0/dbhome_1/dbs