The Independent National Electoral Commission has proclaimed Prof Charles Soludo, a former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), as the winner of the Anambra governorship race (INEC).
Professor Florence Obi, the Returning Officer for the Anambra Governorship Election, declared the results at the INEC office in Awka, Anambra State, on Wednesday morning.
Indeed, since the revelation of results from 20 of the state’s 21 local government districts on Sunday, Soludo’s impending win has been clear.
He triumphed in 18 of the local council areas, leaving just the Ihiala Local Government Area to be decided in a supplementary election on Tuesday.
Obi stated on Wednesday, “That Charles Chukwuma Soludo of the APGA, having completed the conditions of the law, is hereby proclaimed the winner and is returned elected.”
Soludo won 19 of the state’s 21 local government areas after results were tallied, including the just finished election in Ihiala LGA.
Soludo, 61, was elected with 112,229 votes, defeating Valentine Ozigbo of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in second place with 53,807 votes and Andy Uba of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in third place with 43,285 votes.
With 21,261 votes, Ifeanyi Ubah of the Young Progressive Party (YPP) came in fourth.
After sacking a prior APGA candidate, Chukwuma Umeoji, who was first designated as the party’s candidate, the Supreme Court affirmed Soludo as the APGA governorship candidate in April.
In April, Soludo almost averted murder during a town hall meeting in Isuofia, his hometown in the state’s Aguata Local Government Area, when gunmen attacked him and his aides.
Three of his police orderlies were killed, forcing him to dedicate his win to them on Wednesday.
After Governor Willie Obiano’s second term expires in March 2022, Soludo is anticipated to be inaugurated into office.
Obiano is a member of the APGA as well.