Even though the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is yet to declare winner of yesterday’s governorship election in Anambra State, there were indications last night that the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) candidate, and incumbent governor of the state, Chief Willie Obiano, might retain his job.
Feelers from across the state showed that the candidate performed fairly well in wider areas than any other candidate in the
election. Specifically however, early results from polling units in Allor, Nnewi, Aguluzigbo, Aguleri among other areas in Anambra South showed a straight fight between Obiano and the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Tony Nwoye.
The Guardian also gathered that in the northern and central parts of the state, it was a ding-dong between APGA and APC, as stakeholders delivered their various polling units to their political parties.Facts available, also show that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) may have to wait for another four years to re-contest the governorship seat which, it lost to the ruling APGA over 10 years ago. Sources said that the party may not have done well in the election, as in several polling units, it trailed behind the two leading parties.
An APGA source informed The Guardian last night that, “field reports available to us showed that our candidate, Obiano is doing fairly well. In areas he won, we saw a very wide margin and secured good votes in areas that he did not win. If all things work well and the result of the election published accordingly, it will be another song of victory for the APGA in the state”.
“We are sure of nine local governments and 25 per cent of votes cast in the others. If that is the case, then it is a straight victory for the party because our members turned out in large numbers to cast their votes.”
Another source, however, said that the election may not produce a clear winner after the first round without going into a run-off, stressing that Obiano and Nwoye were head-to-head finishing. The source stated that in many polling units, it was either Obiano or Nwoye, adding however, that one of them came second where the PDP may have done well.
Meanwhile, collation of election results continued last night, while it is expected that the INEC may announce the final results before
dawn today.Meanwhile, former President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Dr. Dozie Ikedife, has hailed the conduct of the election, saying it recorded 80 per cent voters’ turnout.
Ikedife, who, however, alleged inducement of voters in parts of the state, explained that the electorate also displayed some level of maturity that reduced crisis that usually charaterise elections in the state.He commended the efforts of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in ensuring that electoral materials were distributed to the people early, stressing that it reduced the long wait by electorate to cast their votes.
Speaking in similar vein, wife of former Biafran warlord, Mrs Bianca Ojukwu, said the peaceful conduct of the exercise should be sustained, stressing that there were no reported cases of violence in the state.“It was without incidents and in Nnewi, it was generally peaceful and the people came out in their numbers to vote for candidate of their choice. I congratulate the people, the security officials, the INEC and every stakeholder that contributed to the success of this exercise. I want them to keep it up so that in future elections, Anambra will reckon as one of the freest states,” she said.
Meanwhile, former governor, Peter Obi, Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chris Ngige, former National Chairman of the APGA, Chief Victor Umeh, and billionaire businessman, Arthur Eze, delivered their polling units to their respectives parties according to results announced by the ward returning officers.
At Umudim Central School, Mrs Ojukwu’s APGA secured 261 votes against APC’s 98 and PDP’s 80. Obi delivered his Agulu ward two to the PDP securing 145 votes