The Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee, INEC, has declared Charles Soludo winner of the 2021 governorship election in Anambra.
Mr Soludo, a former governor of the Central Financial institution of Nigeria and candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has had his victory dance placed on maintain after INEC declared the election held on Saturday inconclusive. This was to permit for elections in Ihiala Native Authorities Space which couldn’t maintain on Saturday resulting from safety and logistic causes.
The election was ultimately held on Tuesday.
Within the now concluded election, returning officer, Professor Florence Obi introduced minutes in the past that Mr Soludo polled a complete of 112,229 votes to defeat his closest rival, Valentine Ozigbo of the Peoples Democratic Occasion (PDP) who scored 53, 807 to emerge second. Senator Andy Uba of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate acquired a complete of 43,285 votes to emerge the third place.Ms Obi mentioned that Soludo received in 19 out of the 21 Native Authorities Areas of the State.
She listed the native governments the place Mr Soludo received to incorporate; Dunukofia, Awka South, Oyi, Anaocha, Ayamelum, Anambra East, Idemili South and Onitsha South.
The returning officer who can be the vice chancellor of the College of Calabar additionally said that the APGA candidate additionally received in Njikoka, Orumba South, Onitsha North, Idemili North, Ekwusigo, Aguata, and Nnewi South, Orumba North and Ihiala Native Authorities Areas.
The PDP candidate received in Ogbaru with 3,445 votes, APGA scored second whereas APC got here third in the identical council.
Senator Ifeanyi Uba of the Younger Progressive Occasion (YPP) received in his house Native Authorities, Nnewi North despite coming a distant fourth within the general rating card with 21,261 votes.
“Prof. Chukwuma Soludo having scored the very best variety of legitimate votes was declared winner of the election,” Ms Obi declared as she returned Mr Soludo within the early hours of Wednesday.
Ms Obi mentioned that complete variety of legitimate votes was 241,523, whereas 8,108 have been void.
The returning officer had earlier said that Anambra with a complete variety of 2,466,638 registered voters solely had a complete of 253, 388 accredited voters for the election which started on Nov. 6 and was prolonged to Nov.9, 2021.
Mr Soludo was born on July 28, 1960 and hails from Isuofia, Aguata Native Authorities Space of Anambra State. He succeeds Willie Obiano because the governor of the state, having defeated 17 candidates of assorted political events.
His victory on the APGA platform reveals Anambra folks nonetheless proceed to revere and affiliate with iconic chief Odimegwu Ojukwu.
However in contrast to his predecessor Willie Obiano who benefitted from former governor Peter Obi’s prudence, Anambra’s coffers have been vastly depleted. Mr Soludo can have an ebbing pocket to cope with in addition to the mutating IPOB risk.