Anambra Governorship election: How opposition parties voted Soludo to victory

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It has been revealed that it took the combined votes of supporters of Professor Charles Soludo and his All Progressive Grand Alliance party and those of other opposing parties for for the former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to he elected the new governor of Anambra State.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had on Tuesday, Novermber 9, 2021declared Chukwuma Soludo of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA)  winner of the November 6 governorship election in Anambra State.

Mr Soludo polled a total of112,229 votes to defeat his closest rival, Valentine Ozigbo of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who scored 53, 807 to emerge second.

But the governorship candidate of the African Democratic Congress, ADC, Akachukwu Nwankpo has confessed that  he voted for the All Progressives Grand Alliance governorship candidate, Prof Charles Soludo because his party did not have a chance at winning the poll.

Nwankpo who was formally a member of APGA jumped ship after failing to win the party’s ticket.

Speaking to journalists after casting his vote at Umuapani ward, polling unit 004, said that after consultation with Ihiala youths, he was told to vote for APGA who has 90 per cent chances of winning the election, to avoid wasting more resources.

It would be recalled that Andy Uba of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate got a total of 43,285 votes to emerge the third position.

Ifeanyi Ubah of the Young Progressive Party (YPP) came fourth with 21,261 votes. Mr Ubah also won in one local government, same as Mr Ozigbo, with Mr Soludo winning in the remaining 19 local governments.

The Returning Officer for 2021 Anambra governorship election, Florence Obi, announced this in the early hours of Wednesday at INEC headquarters, Awka.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that INEC suspended collation of results late Sunday night and declared the exercise inconclusive following non-conduct of election in Ihiala Local Government Area.

The commission, however, fixed Tuesday November 9 for supplementary election in Ihiala.

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

She said that Mr Soludo won in 19 of the 21 local government areas of the state.

Ms Obi listed the areas where Mr 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, 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.

Ifeanyi Ubah 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 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.”

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

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 November 6 and was extended to November 9, 2021.

Mr Soludo is expected to be sworn in, in March 2022, when the tenure of the outgoing governor, Willie Obiano, expires. Mr Obiano and Mr Soludo are members of the same party, APGA.

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