The governorship candidate of All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), Prof. Chukwuma Charles Soludo has won 17 out of 21 Local Government Areas (LGAs) in Anambra state, according to results of November 6 poll announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Soludo won in Anambra East, Ayamelum, Oyi, Dunukofia, Anaocha, Awka South, Idemili South, Onitsha South, Njikoka, Orumba South, Awka North, Anambra West, Nnewi South, Ekwusigo, Idemili North, Onitsha North, and Onitsha South Council Areas.
But the candidates of Young Progressive Party (YPP), Senator Ifeanyi Ubah, won in his home LGA, Nnewi North, just as his counterpart in Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Valentine Ozigbo, won at Ogbaru Local government area where Senator Stella Odua who recently decamped to All Progressive Congress (APC) hails from.
There were no election at Ihiala local government areas due to late arrival of voting materials and other issues, whereas results for Orumba North LGAs was not announced following allegations by the Collation Officer, Dr Michael Otu that he was forced to sign it under duress.
INEC also revealed that there were other polling units across all the local government areas where elections were either cancelled or not hold due to pockets of violence, manipulations, absconing with result sheets, over voting, failures of Bio modal voting machines and other issues.
The Collation Officer for Orumba North LGA, which has 18 polling units and 93608 registered voters, Dr Michael Otu alleged that he was forced to sign the results at Ajalli, the headquarters of Orumba North LGA under duress and coercion, even as he accused the EO of owing the police and conniving with those that forced him to sign results against his wish.
“I signed the document under duress and coercion. I was surrender by enemies who brought thugs to kill me. It was a very pathetic experience. First was police crisis that took place at the place, BVas issues and mutilation of results sheets. I was held hostage in the toilet. At a time, a woman, the LG Chairman came and told me that I have to sign it because if she loses the election she will loose her job,” Otu stated.
Senator Victor Umeh, the APGA state collation agent, however, refutted his claims and urged the INEC to declare the result as according to him, election was conducted in the council area without any issue and his party won.
Responding, the NEC Returning Officer and Vice Chancellor, University of Calabar (UniCal), Prof. Florence Obi, directed the Chairman of Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU) UNICal, Dr John Edong, and others to recollate the result, and bring back the results to be announced.
Final results and pronouncements on the election was being awaited as at press time.
However, below is the official INEC results for the election per local government areas.
(1) Dunukofia LGA
(2) Awka South LGA
(3) Oyi LGA
(4) Ayamelum LGA
(5) Anaocha LGA
(6) Anambra East LGA
(7) Idemili South LGA
(8) Onitsha South LGA
(9) Njikoka LGA
(10) Nnewi North LGA
(11) Orumba South LGA
(12) Ogbaru LGA
(13) Onitsha North LGA
(14) Aguata LGA
(15) Ihiala LGA
(16) Idemili North LGA
(17) Ekwusigo LGA
(18) Nnewi South LGA
(19) Orumba North LGA
(Result Contested. Not Declared)
(20) Awka North LGA
(21) Anambra West LGA