Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Anambra decides 2021: Finally INEC declares Soludo winner - ITREALMS

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Finally, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared Prof. Chukwuma Soludo of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), the winner of the November 6 governorship election in Anambra State, reports ITREALMS.
Prof. Charles Soludo
The announcement also left the state and especially the capital city, Awka in agog.

ITREALMS gathered that Soludo polled a total of 112,229 votes to defeat his closest rival of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Valentine Ozigbo, who scored 53,807 as first runner up.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Senator Andy Uba got 43,285 votes to be the second runner up, while the Youth Progressive Party (YPP) candidate, Senator Ifeanyi Uba came fourth with 21261 votes.

The returning officer for 2021 Anambra governorship election, Prof. Florence Obi, disclosed this in the early hours of Wednesday at INEC headquarters, Awka.

ITREALMS recalled that INEC had suspended collation of results late Sunday night and later declared the exercise inconclusive following non conduct of election in Ihiala Local Government Area (LGA) and a supplementary election was held in Ihiala, Tuesday, November 9.

Prof. Obi in announcing the final result noted that after adding up the results collated from Ihiala, Soludo continued his lead in the election.

“Soludo won in 19 out of the 21 Local Government Areas of the State,” she declared.

Obi listed some of the LGA won by Soludo to include Dunukofia, Awka South, Oyi, Anaocha, Ayamelum, Anambra East, Idemili South and Onitsha South, Njikoka, Orumba South, Onitsha North, Idemili North, Ekwusigo, Aguata, and Nnewi South, Orumba North and Ihiala Local Government Areas.

The PDP candidate won in Ogbaru with 3,445 votes, APGA scored second while APC came third in the same council.

Sen. Ifeanyi Uba of the Young Progressive Party (YPP) won in his home Local Government, Nnewi North in spite of coming a distant fourth in the overall score card with 21,261 votes.

The returning officer, who is also the vice chancellor of the University of Calabar, said: “Prof. Chukwuma Soludo having scored the highest number of valid votes was declared winner of the election”.

Obi said that total number of valid votes was 241,523, while 8,108 were voided.

The returning officer had earlier stated that Anambra with a total number of 2,466,638 registered voters only had a total of 253,388 accredited voters for the election which began on Saturday, November 6 and was extended to Tuesday, November 9, 2021.

Soludo, former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), was born over 61 years ago on July 28, 1960, and hails from Isuofia, Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State.

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