The ongoing 2021 Anambra state governorship election, has continued to generate mixed reactions from the public. It should be recalled that prior to the election, there were uncertainties in the air, following a surge of insecurity in the state.
However, the election went on as scheduled, and has seen results from 20 out of the 21 local government areas in the state, officially declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), which is the electoral umpire that is responsible for conducting elections in Nigeria.
Prior to November 6, 2021, when the election was scheduled to hold, Nigeria’ s ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), was seen as a major threat to Anambra’ s ruling All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), due to the massive defection of members of the latter, to the APC.
At the same time, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was equally regarded as a threat to the APGA due to the huge influence of the party in the entire South- East region, couple with the fact that it has the likes of Peter Obi, and Senator Uche Ekwunife as its members in Anambra.
Despite the initial belief that the 2021 Anambra state governorship election would be keenly contested by the APGA, PDP, and APC, the official results from 20 out of the 21 local government areas in the state, has seen the APGA emerge victorious in 18 of them, with the PDP winning only one (Ogbaru), while the APC is yet to test victory in any of the local governments.
Following this development, many people have come to believe that the APGA could be coasting home with victory, despite the declaration of the election as inconclusive, with a supplementary election, scheduled to be held in Ihiala local government.
Apparently unsatisfied with the results, the Anambra State Chairman of the APC, Basil Ejidike, rejected the results, accusing the state’ s Governor, Willie Obiano, and the APGA candidate, Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo, of rigging the election, and equally threatened that the next Governor of the state would be decided by the Supreme Court (source: Daily Post). Following this development, we may begin to ask ourselves whether the APGA should be worried about APC’ s threat to contest the election results in court.
Arguably, the answer to this puzzling question is a no. In my view, the APGA has no reason to be worried about Ejidike and APC’ s threat to contest the election results in court. This is due to the fact that election results in the country have often been contested up to the Supreme Court.
In many cases where the plaintiff fails to prove his claims beyond any reasonable doubt, the Apex Court would affirm the election of whoever that was returned by the INEC. As such, the APGA has no reason to be worried, particularly if it did not rig the election as alleged by the Anambra State APC Chairman.