The former Governor of CBN, and candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, has won the Anambra governorship election, polling a total of 112,229 votes.
APGA scored the most votes in the Ihiala supplementary election that was held on Tuesday, newsmen have reported.
Recall that voting was extended to Tuesday to allowing voting take place in Ihiala LGA, which was the only local government left.
While APGA gathered 8,283 votes, PDP came second with 2,485 votes, while APC got 343 votes. Soludo won in 19 local government areas of the state and scored 25% in all the 21 local government areas of the state.
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His closest rival, Mr. Val Ozigbo of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, came second with 53,807 votes, while the candidate of All Progressives Congress, APC, came third with 43,285. Anambra has a total of 2,466,638 registered voters, while 253,388 were accredited for the election.
The supplementary election held in Ihiala local government area on Tuesday was also won by Soludo who polled 8,283 votes, while Ozigbo polled 2,485 votes.
The collation officer for Ihiala, Dr. Jarma Anagbogu of the University of Calabar, UNICAL, who announced the result from Ihiala, said there was no election in Orsumoghu and Lilu communities because of security challenges.
Anagbogu said: “In the process of the election, we received report that there was resistance in Orsumoghu and Lilu. “INEC had deployed staff to the communities, but they could not enter.”
Meanwhile, the Anambra State Governor-elect, Professor Chukwuma Soludo, has extended a hand of fellowship to the other opponents who contested the election with him to join efforts with him to develop the state.
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In an acceptance speech shortly after Professor Florence Banku Obi, the chief returning officer for the Anambra 2021 Governorship Election, returned him as the winner of the poll, Professor Soludo vowed to ”work hard every day and never disappoint Anambra people.”
Thanking the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, for a successful election, even though many people could not vote, he said the outcome reflects the will of the Anambra people. ”There is joy in the land. Kudos to INEC,” Soludo said.
He extended a hand of fellowship to his opponents, noting that the keenly contested election is over.
”We are all winners. I extend a hand of fellowship to other candidates. “Everybody is a winner. We are brothers, let's join hands to develop Anambra,” he said.
Soludo noted that ”in Anambra, politicians fight elections keenly” but after the people have spoken and with the voice of the people being the voice of God, the contest is over.
“Now, is the time to work. I need your support to succeed. Let’s work together to realize the vision of our founding fathers to make Anambra the industrial hub of West Africa.
“That is our manifest destiny. Let’s keep the spirit of Anambra alive,” he appealed.Hammed Zubair
posted 2021-11-10 06:39:54