GBAM: “It’s Game Over” In Anambra Governorship Election – Soludo Declares

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Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in the Anambra State Governorship election 2021, Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo, on Tuesday declared that the race is “over.”

Following the declaration of the Anambra State governorship election as inconclusive by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), focus is on Ihiala Local Government Area (LGA) as the electoral umpire holds a supplementary poll in the area today.

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With the results declared by INEC on Sunday in 20 Local Government Areas, Soludo’s APGA is leading in 18 with a total of 103,946 votes, followed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP’s) Valentine Ozigbo with 51,322 and the All Progressives Congress (APC’s) Andy Uba with 42,942.

The election was held on Saturday, and was declared inconclusive by INEC on Monday.

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The supplementary election in Ihiala is holding today, November 9 and Soludo, a former Central Bank of Nigeria Governor, insists nothing can stop his triumph.

“Let’s do a simple math. Ihiala has 148,000 registered voters but only 42,000 voters picked up their PVC. So INEC statistics shows that you won’t get more than 42,000 votes in Ihiala. It is game over,” a post on Soludo’s Facebook page reads on Tuesday morning.

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1000 Policemen Deployed To Ihiala For Supplementary Election

The Commissioner of Police in Anambra State, Echeng Echeng has revealed that, at least, 1,000 policemen have been deployed in Ihiala Local Government Area for the Anambra governorship election.

CP Echeng stated that the police personnel have been deployed to Ihiala LGA to ensure adequate security in the supplementary poll scheduled for Tuesday (today).

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In an interview with Channels TV on Monday night, CP Echeng said, “We are deploying more than a thousand to the polling booths. This makes an average of three, four. They are going to be complemented by other security agencies.”

According to Peoples Gazette, officials said technical glitches, logistics and uncertainties over security did not allow residents of Ihiala to exercise their franchise last Saturday.

The Anambra police chief added that the heavy deployment of policemen to Ihiala would ensure maximum security as people cast their votes and exercise their franchise.

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“All the tactical teams, Police Mobile Force (PMF) teams…we have pushed enough into Ihiala because we want to make sure that at every point that we anticipate a problem, we dominate the area. For whoever wants to come out tomorrow will have his own story to tell,” Echeng further explained.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Monday announced that a supplementary election would hold between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday (today).

Earlier on Monday, INEC suspended result collation because election did not hold in Ihiala.

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Returning Officer, Professor Florence Obi, explained that the election did not hold in Ihiala LGA and would be difficult to announce the winner due to insufficient margin of victory for the leading candidate, Professor Charles Soludo of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).

Soludo’s APGA has maintained a comfortable lead over his main challengers in APC and PDP, but Ihiala LGA has more registered voters than the margin between APGA and its runner-up PDP.

Elections were held in 20 of the 21 Local Government Areas in Anambra State on Saturday.

Supreme Court Will Decide Next Governor – APC

Meanwhile, the APC has accused Soludo, and the Governor of Anambra State, Willie Obiano, of rigging the inconclusive governorship election in the state.

The Chairman of APC in Anambra state, Basil Ejidike, made the remark while rejecting the results so far declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

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In a statement he issued on Sunday night, the APC Chairman vowed to contest the results at the Supreme Court if INEC insists on declaring Soludo as the winner of the governorship election.

Ejidike vowed never to accept the outcome of the election because the people of the state want an APC governor.

Ejidike called for the cancellation of the election and a new date fixed for a fresh conduct of the poll.

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According to Ejidike: “We want the whole world to hear our voice that we will never accept the outcome of the Anambra gubernatorial election.

“The candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) and the sitting Governor, Willie Obiano, manipulated the whole electoral system and we will stand to resist it.”

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“We virtually won in all the local government, but Willie Obiano and Charles Soludo, through instrumentality, corrupt-minded INEC officers, subverted the whole process in favour of APGA.

“But if INEC goes ahead to announce the results, we will definitely challenge the election process at the court of law, up to Supreme Court. Nobody can intimidate us.”

“Igbo Will Continue To Be Onlookers” In Nigerian Politics– Joe Igbokwe

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Joe Igbokwe, has said that the Igbo people of Nigeria “will continue to be onlookers” in the politics of the country.

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According to Politics Nigeria, Igbokwe was seemingly reacting to the imminent defeat of the party which he belongs to, the APC, in the Anambra State governorship election in 2021.

Igbokwe accused Igbo people of still practising what he described as “ethnic politics.”

Expressing his opinion on his Facebook page late on Sunday, “I had thought that Igbo will move beyond ethnic politics and work to connect to the center to meet other Nigerians, but ife ji Ndigbo jisi ha ike. We will continue to be onlookers.”

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It was earlier reported that the governorship election which was held in Anambra state on November 6 has been declared inconclusive by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), thereby suspending the results.

The state Returning Officer for the election, Professor Florence Obi, who is the Vice-Chancellor of University of Calabar, made the declaration in the early hours of Monday, around 12:20 a.m.

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Professor Obi stated that this was because there was no election in Ihiala Local Government Area which has over 148,000 registered voters.

INEC could not deploy voting materials to Ihiala LGA during the election on Saturday as a result of security threat, she said.

Source: Mcebiscoo.com

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