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19 Nov 2017

Anambra: It’s Obiano

Thecandidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance and Governor of Anambra State in yesterday’s governorship election in the state, Chief Willie Obiano, is most likely to win re-election when the final result of the election is announced.

 Unconfirmed reports at press time indicates that he is leading in 17 out of 21 local government areas in the state

From all indications, the election was a straight fight between the ruling APGA in the state and the All Progressives Congress (APC) as early results at the various polling units showed the two parties dominating lead in the results with most of the other 35 parties that entered for the election scoring zero. In most of the polling units visited by Sunday Sun across the state, APGA was leading with APC trailing behind, while the PDP in some of the places failed to clinch a vote.

Meanwhile, the election witnessed high turnout of voters in virtually all the 21 local government areas of the state under an unprecedented peaceful atmosphere in the history of elections in the state. However, the election may have thrown up a new trend where political leaders in the state were able to deliver their polling units irrespective of their political parties. The trend saw the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) winning in Agulu Ward 2 polling unit 19, Amatutu, of former governor Peter Obi; APC winning in Prince Arthur Eze’s Ukpo Ward 1, Ekwueme Hall polling units and also in Nkwoide Ward 1, Alor of Minister of Labour, Dr Chris Ngige.

However, the political leaders of the APC and PDP had great challenges trying to deliver their wards and polling units as APGA gave them good run for their money in their strongholds.

Governor Willie Obiano, who voted at his Eri Aguleri polling centre at 9:58a.m, said he was impressed by the large turnout of voters across the state.

He noted that the election was peaceful, saying that he was sure of a landslide victory at the end of the day.

He disclosed that as he tried to vote, the card reader could not verify his fingerprint, which he said was later rectified.

In a chat with newsmen at the polling station, the Resident Electoral Commissioner for Jigawa State who was in charge of Anambra East and West local government areas, Prof. Shehu Riskuwa, admitted that they had card readers issues, which he said their technicians were working hard to resolve.

At Otolo Ward 1 in Nnewi North Local Government Area, when the counting of votes began, there was pandemonium as an APC agent tried to snatch the ballot box when he noticed that APGA was leading in the results.

Security agents at the centre intervened and the agent was chased away and the results were declared with APGA winning.

At Umudim Ward 2 Nnewi, where the widow of the late Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu, Ambassador Bianca Ojukwu voted, APGA swept the polls, dusting the APC that had earlier in the week received Ojukwu’s son, Emeka, to its fold.

Bianca said she was hopeful that APGA would win the election in a landslide, saying that the people had again demonstrated great love for Ojukwu.

Also speaking, Prince Ojinwafor Orizu said that APGA winning in Nnewi was essentially to tell Ojukwu’s son, Emeka, who defected to the APC, that he was alone.

He said that they were still standing on the legacies of the late Ojukwu as encapsulated in APGA. Former Ohanaeze President General, Dr Dozie Ikedife, whose son is the running mate of Tony Nwoye of the APC, said that the election was peaceful and turnout impressive and was no way affected by the persuasion of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) for the people of Anambra State to boycott the election.

Ikedife noted that the new method of simultaneous accreditation and voting adopted by the INEC has greatly improved the electoral process in the country.

Also speaking, former APGA National Chairman, Chief Victor Umeh, who was present when the results of his Aguluzoigbo Ward in Aniocha LGA were announced, said that though the
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