Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo, candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, is currently ahead of in the Anambra Governor election with what is believed to be a healthy lead.
After results from 20 of the 21 LGAs were collated on Sunday night, Soludo had secured over 100,000 votes, while Valentine Ozigbo of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) had less than 55,000 votes.
The third major contender, Andy Uba of the All Progressives Congress, APC, secured 42,942 votes.
The latest on the election from the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, is that the election has been declared inconclusive.
While announcing the commission’s decision at past 12am on Monday, Florence Obi, returning officer for the election, said the collation of results was suspended to allow for a supplementary election in Ihiala LGA.
Ahmadu Umar, collation officer for Ihiala LGA, had earlier said there was no election in his area.
The supplementary election has been fixed for November 9, 2021.
SEE The Breakdown Of The Result After 20 LGAS Below
Registered voters – 246,638
Accredited voters – 241,090
Total valid votes— 229,521
Rejected votes— 7,841
Total votes cast— 237,362
Collation Officer Claims He ‘Signed Result Under Duress’
Michael Otu, the collation officer for Orumba north LGA of Anambra state, has claimed that he signed the result for the area “under duress, threat and coercion”.
Otu said on Sunday while presenting the outcome of the election in the LGA.
The collation officer, who said he doesn’t believe in the result, accused some of the INEC officials attached to him of conniving with those who disrupted the process.
He especially accused one Comfort Omoregie, an electoral officer (EO), of manipulating the electoral process.
“My experience, I must say, was very pathetic. Well, I thank God that I am alive,” he said.
“I want to categorically, unequivocally tell you that there was no election to the best of my knowledge and with the evidence I am going to buttress herein.
“The total acclaimed voters are 93,608 with 18 polling units. I signed this document under duress. I don’t believe in it; it is not my will. There was no meeting of the mind within myself, the electoral officer sitting here (Omoregie), and the assistant collation officer who I thought was to work with me. I saw that I was surrendered by enemies who brought thugs to kill me.
“I signed the result under duress, threat and coercion. I was so traumatised. I have evidence. Even the police who came with her saw that I was under duress. They surrounded me the whole night after I was teargassed. I almost collapsed and as a BP patient, since 1 o’clock till now, I have not eaten, I have not drank water.
“After the teargas, they broke and smuggled her into the toilet and locked me. I remained with the teargas until the police people broke the place and smuggled her and ran to her car. While I ran with her thinking I will be secured, the police people cocked guns and they stopped me.”
However, Omoregie denied the allegations, and accused Otu of being inexperienced.
“If you observe this man for 30 minutes, you will know that he is not composed. He has never had an experience on how to collate result,” she said.
After presentation by the officials, they were asked to leave after which Florence Obi, returning officer for the state, said the commission will hold a meeting with party agents on the outcome of election in the LGA.
ELECTION VIOLENCE: 41 Result Sheets Were Carted Away, Says Collation Officer
According to Gabriel Othong, the collation officer for Idemili south LGA of Anambra state, 41 result sheets for some polling units were carted away.
Othong disclosed this on Sunday while submitting results for the area.
He said the result sheets of the affected areas were taken away by the supervisory presiding officer (SPO) posted to the area.
He also said there was no election in Oba ward 1, Oba ward 11 and Akukwu ward, all in Idemili south LGA Area of Anambra.
“One of the SPOs carted 41 result sheets out of the 42 result sheets meant for the 89 polling units in the affected wards,” NAN quoted him as saying.
“Over 40,000 voters were not able to vote in the affected areas due to the development.”
The collation officer added that election officials were not deployed to some of the polling units due to shooting in some areas.
According to NAN, Ebere Obiakor, the agent for the All Progressives Congress (APC) said there was election in the affected areas but the results were not collated.
But Alex Obiogbolu, the collation agent for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Victor Umeh of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), countered Obiakor’s statement, saying there was no election in any of the affected places.
Meanwhile, the result for the top three parties released for Idemili south are as follows: APC: 1,036; APGA: 2,312, and PDP: 2,016.
As of 3pm, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had announced results for 11 out of the 21 LGAs in the state, and Chukwuma Soludo, APGA candidate, won in 10 of the LGAs.