Soludo waiting to be declared winner of Anambra inconclusive governorship poll

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Prof Charles Soludo, candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in the Anambra State governorship election held last Saturday, November 6, has won in 18 of the 21 local government areas, crossing the constitutional threshold for him to be declared winner of the election.

He won overwhelmingly in Dunukofia, Awka North, Awka South, Oyi, Ayamelum, Anaocha, Anambra East, Idemili North, Idemili South, Onitsha North, Onitsha South, Njikoka, Nnewi South, Anambra West, Aguata, Orumba South, Orumba North and Ekwusigo local government areas.

Candidate of the Young Progressives Party (YPP), Mr. Ifeanyi Ubah, won Nnewi North council, while the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) flag bearer, Mr. Valentine Ozigbo won Ogbaru council.

LGA                  APC              APGA            PDP             YPP

•Dunukofia     1991             4124            1680              1360

•Awka South   2595           12891            5498             919

•Oyi                   2830           6133             2484             900

•Anaocha         2085           6911              5108              868

•Anambra East  2034        9746             1380              559

•Ayamelum       2409         3424             2804             407

•Idemili South   1039        2312              2016               752

•Onitsha South  2050       4281             2253                271

•Njikoka           3216          8803             3409              924

•Nnewi North  1278          3369             1511                6485

•Orumba South  2060      4394             1672              887

•Onitsha North  3909        5587             3781              682

•Aguata               4773         9136            3798             1070

•Ogbaru              1178          3051              3445             484

•Idemili North   2291         5358            2312              902

•Ekwusigo        1237           2570            1857              727

•Nnewi South     1307         3243          2226            1327

•Anambra West  1233         1918           1401              357

•Awka North      755           1908            840               381

•Orumba North  *2875       *4787       *1847 –

•Ihiala – – –

However, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the election inconclusive following the inability to conduct the election in Ihiala local government area.

The returning officer and vice chancellor of the University of Calabar, Prof Florence Banku-Obi, said a valid declaration of a winner could not be made without the supplementary poll.

She said the Ihiala election would on Tuesday, November 9, to complement the 20 local government area election results already announced.

Banku-Obi explained that the election did not hold in Ihiala due to logistics challenges caused by security threats.

“We have collated results for 20 local government areas, and Ihiala is still outstanding as the commission was unable to deploy to the area.

“Based on constitutional provision, supplementary election will be held in Ihiala. So, we have to conclude the election in Ihiala to be able to conclude the process.

“I plead with you to support INEC, so we can bring this election to a conclusion, to the glory of God. The election for Ihiala will hold on November 9. It is important to complete the election before a determination can be made,” she said.

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