Anambra gov election outcome reflects people’s will -US

The United States Government has hailed the outcome of the just-concluded 2021 Anambra State Governorship Election.

This was contained in a statement from the US Mission in Nigeria, titled, ‘Statement on the concluded Anambra State gubernatorial election’ on Wednesday.

The US government said the outcome of the election reflected the will of the people.

The PUNCH had reported that a former Governor of Central Bank and candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, won the November 6 governorship election in Anambra.

The statement read, “The United States government congratulates the citizens of Anambra State for the peaceful conduct of the gubernatorial election on November 6, the outcome of which reflects the will of the people.

“We note the tremendous challenges faced by INEC and security force personnel on the ground and commend the efforts that led to a secure election with a credible outcome.

“We also applaud the engagement from our civil society partners for their tireless advocacy on behalf of voters and electoral transparency.

“We look forward to continued improvements in the electoral process as the country heads into gubernatorial elections in Osun and Ekiti in 2022 and national elections in 2023.”

The Independent National Electoral Commission declared Soludo the winner after polling a total of 112,229 votes to defeat his closest rival, Mr Valentine Ozigbo of the Peoples Democratic Party who scored 53, 807.

Senator Andy Uba of the All Progressives Congress candidate got a total of 43, 285 votes to emerge the third position.

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.

Prof. Florence Obi, Returning Officer for 2021 Anambra Governorship election, while announcing the final result, noted that after adding up the results collated from Ihiala, Soludo continued his lead in the election.

She said that Soludo won in 19 out of the 21 Local Government Areas of the State.

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, 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 Uba of the Young Progressive Party 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 doubles as the Vice Chancellor of the University of Calabar, 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 Nov. 6 and was extended to Nov.9, 2021.

Soludo, a onetime Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, was born on July 28, 1960 and hails from Isuofia, Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State.

He obtained a first class degree in Economics at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and worked in many National and international organizations including the World Bank and the Economic Commission for Africa and the International Monetary Fund.

Soludo was the Economic Adviser to former President Olusegun Obasanjo and the Chief Executive Officer of the National Planning Commission.

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