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Anambra election: Soludo leads

Chukwuma Soludo

*Secures majority votes in 18 of 20 LGAs, as INEC slates Ihiala LGA supplementary poll for Nov 9

*Supporters flood APGA candidate’s country home before announcement of final results

NKIRU NWAGBO, AWKA with agency report

Candidate of the all Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and former Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, has extended his early lead in the Anambra State governorship election held on Saturday.

This is even as supporters and well-wishers on Sunday night, gathered at the home of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA)’s candidate in Isuofia, Aguata Local Government Area, as they await final election results.

Out of 20 local government areas results declared by the Independent National Election Commission (INEC) on Sunday, Soludo has won majority of the local government areas.

The eighteen local governments won by the APGA candidate include Dunukofia, Awka South, Oyi, Ayamelum, Anaocha, Anambra East, Idemili South, Onitsha South, Njikoka, and Orumba South.

Others are Onitsha North, Aguata, Idemili North, Ekwusigo, Nnewi South, Awka North, Orumba North and Anambra West.

However, Soludo did not win in Nnewi North local government where Senator Ifeanyi Ubah of YPP won while the Peoples Democratic Party candidate, Mr. Valentine Ozigbo won in Ogbaru local government area.

Senator Andy Ubah of All Progressives Congress (APC) is yet to win any local government area so far.

Meanwhile, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has suspended collation of results of the November 6 governorship election in Anambra State pending the conduct of the election in Ihiala Local Government Area.

Prof. Florence Obi, INEC Returning Officer for the Anambra Governorship election made the announcement Sunday night in Awka.

Obi, who is also the Vice Chancellor of the University of Calabar, Cross River, announced that the election would be conducted in Ihiala on Tuesday, November 9.

She explained that election could not hold in the LGA due to security reasons.

Quoting relevant sections of the Electoral Act and the nation’s Constitution, Obi said it would be wrong to announce the result without allowing people in 131 polling units in Ihiala to exercise their civic duties.

According to her, it becomes imperative to bring Ihiala at par with other local government areas to make declaration of the result.

”As the Electoral Officer, I hereby announce the suspension of result until elections are held in all the polling units in Ihiala.

”Supplementary election will take place in the area on Nov. 9,” she disclosed.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that before suspending collation, Obi had given total number of votes already scored by candidates.

She said that Prof. Chukwuma Soludo of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) polled a total of 103, 946 votes followed by Mr. Valentine Ozigbo of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who scored 51,322 votes to emerged second.

Sen. Andy Uba, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate got a total of 42,942 votes to emerge the third position.

Obi said that Soludo won in 18 out of the 20 Local Government Areas of the state already declared.

Obi listed the areas where Soludo won to include Dunukofia, Awka South, Oyi, Anaocha, Ayamelum, Anambra East, Idemili South and Onitsha South.

She also stated that the APGA candidate also won in Njikoka, Orumba South, Onitsha North, Idemili North, Ekwusigo, Aguata, Orumba North and Nnewi South Local Government Areas.

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

Senator 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 20,917 votes.

The returning officer said that no election held in Ihiala must be given chance like others to participate in the process.

Obi stated that total number of valid votes already collated was 229,521, void votes 7,841 while total number of votes cast was 237,362.

She praised all parties for their support, noting that supplementary election would be held only in Ihiala.

Quoting relevant sections of the Electoral Act, she noted that Section 22 of the Constitution provides for re-run in event of security challenge.

She said that the final result will be announced after completing the election in Ihiala.

In a related development, supporters and well-wishers on Sunday night, gathered at the home of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA)’s candidate, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo in Isuofia, Aguata Local Government Area, as they await election result.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced results of 19 out of the 21 Local Government Areas in the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that political associates, youths and women in their hundreds thronged to Soludo’s resident at Isuofia as they await the announcement of the result.

Some of the residents, who spoke with NAN, said that they believed that Soludo would emerge winner at the end of the process.

Mrs Chioma Ocha said she was happy because a governor would emerge from her community.

“We are here to show solidarity to our brother and son while we wait for INEC to announce the final result.

“But I’m particularly happy that my town, Isuofia, will be producing the next governor of Anambra. That is a very big achievement, ” she said.

Also speaking, Mr. Chinedu Ogubuiro said he came to jubilate with Soludo ahead of INEC’s announcement.

“I am one of Soludo’s kinsmen and I want to be on ground to celebrate with him when INEC announce the results of the election,” he said.

Soludo who joined the crowd in singing urged them to be patient as INEC announce the results of the election.

However before INEC late Sunday night announced the suspension of collation of results of the November 6 governorship election in Anambra State pending the conduct of the election in Ihiala Local Government Area on November 9 (tomorrow), two of its collation officers said elections did not hold in Orumba North and Ihiala Local Government Areas on Saturday.

Dr. Michael Otu, a lecturer of Commercial Law from the University of Calabar, was the collation officer for Orumba North.

Addressing the Returning Officer, Professor Florence Obi, at the INEC Collation Centre in Akwa, Otu described his experience as very pathetic, thanking God for being alive.

“To be very frank to you, I want to categorically and unequivocally tell you that there was no election to the best of my knowledge and with the evidence I am going to buttress herein,” he said.

According to him, the total registered voters in 18 registration areas is 93,608.

A drama ensued when he stated that though he collated the figures, he didn’t believe in it because he signed the results under duress.

“93,608 is what we collated, although I signed this document under duress, I don’t believe in it. I don’t believe in it, it is not my will,” he added.

In addition to signing the result under duress, the collation officer also cited security threats and alleged violence as reasons why election did not hold in his domain.

Similarly, the Collation officer for Ihiala LGA, Ahmadu Umar said the governorship election did not hold in his area.

While making a presentation after the result for Aguata LGA was declared, Umar however didn’t state why there was no election in Ihiala LGA.

He gave the number of registered voters in the LGA as 148,407, insisting that the poll did not take place in Ihiala.

Also, an INEC Supervisory Presiding Officer was reported to have “carted away” 41 results sheets of the Governorship election in Idemili South LGA.

The Returning Officer in Idemili South Local Government of Area of the state, Dr. Gabriel Othong, made this known while presenting results at the Independent National Electoral Commission office in Awka on Sunday.

He said that the whereabouts of the INEC official and result sheets were unknown, adding that 41 of the 42 result sheets for 89 polling units were “carted away”.

Othong, who is from the University of Calabar, Cross River, noted that there was no election in Oba Ward 1, Oba Ward 11, and Akukwu ward all in Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra.

The Returning Officer explained that electoral officials were not deployed in some of the polling units due to cases of gunshots.

He said: “One of the SPOs carted 41 Result Sheets out of the 42 result sheets meant for the 89 polling units in the affected wards.

“Over 40, 000 voters were not able to vote in the affected areas due to the development.”

The agent of the All Progressives Congress, Chief Ebere Obiakor, said election held in those places but the results were not collated.

But the collation agent of the Peoples Democratic Party, Dr. Alex Obiogbolu, countered the position of the APC agent, saying there was no election in any of the affected places.

Victor Umeh of the All Progressives Grand Alliance corroborated Obiogbolu, insisting there was no election in those areas.

Anambra Governorship Election Results as Announced

  1. Anambra West LGA – 10RAs

5242 – Accredited voters

62637 – Registered voters

5092- Total valid votes

140 – Rejected votes

5232 – Total votes cast

APGA – 1918

APC – 1233

PDP – 1401

YPP – 357

ZLP – 31

.13PUs affected over BIVAS

  1. Awka North LG

72036 – Registered voters

4447 – Accredited voters

4061 – Total valid

183 – Total rejected

4244 – Total votes cast

APGA – 1908

APC – 755

PDP – 840

YPP – 381

ZLP – 47

Challenges in 7RAs

  1. Dunukofia LGA – 14RAs

74855 – Registered voters

10134 -Accredited voters

10092 – Voters

APGA – 4124

APC – 1991

PDP – 1680

YPP – 1360

ZLP – 36

  1. Awka South LGA

176812 -Registered voters

23854 – Accredited voters

10092 – Voters

22802 – Valid

875 – Invalid

23677 – Total votes cast

APGA – 12891

APC – 2595

PDP – 5498

YPP – 919

ZLP – 272

  1. Oyi LGA

100764 – Registered voters

13241 -Accredited voters

10092 – Voters

12643 – Total valid

492 – Rejected

13135 – Total votes cast

APGA – 6133

APC – 2830

PDP – 2484

YPP – 900

ZLP – 80

  1. Ayamelum LGA – 11RA

87128 Rregistered voters

9754 -Accredited voters

10092 – Voters

9534 – Total valid

117- Rejected

9651- Total votes cast

APGA – 3424

APC – 2409

PDP – 2804

YPP – 407

ZLP – 296

  1. Anaocha LGA

APGA – 6911

APC – 2085

PDP – 5108

YPP – 868

ZLP – 50

109860 – Registered voters

15940 – Accredited voters

15483 – Total valid

440 – Rejected

15923 – Total votes cast

.Low deployment of officers

  1. Anambra East LGA

98426 – Registered voters

14419 – Accredited voters

14044 – Total valid

302 – Rejected

14346 – Total votes cast

APGA – 9746

APC – 2034

PDP – 1380

YPP – 559

ZLP – 44

.Over voting and BVAS challenge

  1. Idemili South LGA

112652 – Registered voters

6622 – Accredited voters

6402 – Total valid

207 – Rejected

6609 – Total votes cast

APGA – 2312

APC – 1039

PDP – 2016

YPP – 752

ZLP – 28

.No election in 3RAs

  1. Onitsha South LGA – 17RAs

156775 – Registered voters

9406 – Accredited voters

1145 – Total valid

195 – Rejected

9340 – Total votes cast

APGA – 4281

APC – 2050

PDP – 2253

YPP – 271

ZLP – 37

  1. Njikoka LGA

103715 – Registered voters

17934 – Accredited voters

16958 – Total valid votes

725 – Rejected votes

17683 – Total votes cast

APGA – 8803

APC – 3216

PDP – 3409

YPP – 924

ZLP – 81

.No election in one polling unit

  1. Nnewi North LGA – 10RAs

139368 – Registered voters

137517 – Accredited voters

13124- Total valid votes

439 – Rejected votes

13563- Total votes cast

APGA – 3369

APC – 1278

PDP – 1511

YPP – 6485

ZLP – 72

.No deployment of personnel in some

  1. Orumba South LGA – 18RAs

74690 – Registered voters

10554 – Accredited voters

10132- Total valid votes

399 – Rejected votes

10531- Total votes cast

APGA – 4394

APC – 2060

PDP – 1672

YPP – 887

ZLP – 10

A – 779

.Two incidents

  1. Onitsha North LGA – 15RAs

158804 – Registered voters

14806 – Accredited voters

14346 – Total valid votes

373 – Rejected votes

14719 – Total votes cast

APGA – 5587

APC – 3909

PDP – 3781

YPP – 682

ZLP – 104

  1. Aguata LGA – 22RAs

144766- Registered voters

20809 – Accredited voters

195548 – Total valid votes

654 – Rejected votes

20202 – Total votes cast

APGA – 9136

APC – 4773

PDP – 3798

YPP – 1070

ZLP – 120

Voting didn’t take place in 13 PUs

  1. Ihiala LGA

No election in the 20RAs

  1. Idemili North LGA – 12RAs

210689- Registered voters

12621 – Accredited voters

11807 – Total valid votes

290 – Rejected votes

12197 – Total votes cast

APGA – 5358

APC – 2291

PDP – 2312

YPP – 902

ZLP – 649

Election didn’t take place in 2RAs

  1. Ekwusigo LGA

82236 – Registered voters

6864 – Accredited voters

6553 – Total valid votes

216 – Rejected votes

6769 – Total votes cast

APGA – 2570

APC – 1237

PDP – 1857

YPP – 727

ZLP – 13

.8 PUs cancelled in 4RAs

  1. Nnewi South LGA – 10RAs

89357 – Registered voters

9598 – Accredited voters

9225- Total valid votes

319 – Rejected votes

9544- Total votes cast

APGA – 3243

APC – 1307

PDP – 2226

YPP – 1327

ZLP – 33

.No election in 7RAs

  1. Orumba North

No election. Collation officer, Dr. Michael Otu alleged he signed documents under duress. He cited three reasons for the rejection: Police crisis (Election shifted to Police Area Command); Mutilation of score sheets; and BVAS challenge

93608 – Registered voters

9598 – Accredited voters

9225- Total valid votes

319 – Rejected votes

9544- Total votes cast

APGA – 3243

APC – 1307

PDP – 2226

YPP – 1327

ZLP – 33

  1. Ogbaru LG

169053 – Registered voters

9117 – Accredited voters

8457 – Total valid votes

309 – Rejected votes

8766- Total votes cast

APGA – 3051

APC – 1178

PDP – 3445

YPP – 484

ZLP – 43

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