Soludo Wins Anambra Election
By Clifford Ndujihe, Vincent Ujumadu, Chimaobi Nwaiwu
After 48 hours delay, former Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Governor, Professor Chukwuma Soludo of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, is Anambra State governor-elect.
He recorded a landslide victory in Ihiala LGA supplementary election, yesterday, to extend his lead over his challengers.
Although he polled 103,946 votes and won 18 of the 20 local councils election results announced on Sunday night, the INEC declared the poll inconclusive early Monday morning and did not return him as winner.
Reason: His 52,624 votes margin of lead over the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, candidate, Mr. Valentine Ozigbo, who scored 51,322 votes, is lower than the 148,407 registered voters in Ihiala LGA where election was not conducted on Saturday.
So, the electoral commission scheduled the supplementary poll in Ihiala, yesterday, which Soludo won in style, recording a landslide victory.
The poll was peaceful.
Although, election officials did not arrive most of the 326 polling units of Ihiala on time, accreditation of voters with Bimodal Verification Accreditation System, BVAS, was smooth and markedly different from what happened in many polling stations on Saturday.
Gunmen, security operatives battle in Ihiala
Some gunmen, yesterday afternoon engaged security operatives in a shoot-out for about three hours at the border town of Orsumoghu.
The town is about two kilometres from Orsu local government in Imo State.