The All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) candidate, Prof Charles Soludo, is coasting home to victory in the Anambra State governorship election.
According to the results so far released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the professor of economics and former Central Bank of Nigeria Governor has won majority votes in 18 out of 20 local governments declared so far.
Collation of results will continue after tomorrow’s supplementary election in Ihiala Local Government Area, where the election did not hold.
Returning Officer, 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.
“It is important to complete the election before a determination can be made,” she said, explaining that the election did not hold in Ihiala due to logistics challenges caused by security threats.
The Young Progressives Party (YPP) candidate, Senator Ifeanyi Ubah, won Nnewi North council, while Valentine Ozigbo of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) won Ogbaru council.
Soludo defeated the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige in his Idemili South local government.
He also defeated his closest rivals, Senator Andy Uba of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Ozigbo in their native Aguata council.
Soludo won 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 governments.
However, the Returning Officers of Ihiala and Orumba South local governments claimed that elections did not take place in their areas.
They attributed the problem to mutilation of figures, violence, threats to life, and failure of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System BVAS.
The ongoing collation of results yesterday took another dimension, following altercations between the Collation Officer for Orumba North Local Government Area and her Electoral Officer, Comfort Omoruyi.
The collation officer, Dr. Micheal Otu, had declared no results in the area, alleging that he signed the election results under duress.
He accused the INEC officials, particularly the Electoral Officer attached to him, of conniving with those who allegedly disrupted the process.
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 – – –