The candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Willie Obiano, has won the Anambra governorship election. Mr. Obiano won in all the 21 local government areas of the state with a total of 234,071 votes.
His victory comes despite two other major candidates enjoying the backing of a sitting president and his predecessor.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday campaigned in Awka for Tony Nwoye, the candidate of his All Progressives Congress, APC. While President Goodluck Jonathan led about six governors of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to campaign for the party’s candidate, Oseloka Obaze.
The Returning Officer for the election, Zana Akpagu, the Vice Chancellor of University of Calabar, after announcing the results declared Mr. Obiano, the incumbent governor, as winner having polled the highest number of votes in the election.
Mr. Akpagu said that a total 448, 771 votes were cast during the election on Saturday. Of the total votes, 422, 314 were valid while 26,457 were rejected.
Mr. Obiano was followed, with a wide margin, by the APC candidate, Tony Nwoye, who polled a total of 98,752 votes.
Mr. Obaze of the PDP emerged third with 70,293 votes while Osita Chidoka of United Progressives Party, UPP, came a distant fourth after garnering 7,903 votes.
BarometerNG recalled that Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu has earlier assured all the political parties and voters taking part in the Anambra governorship and Idemili North State constituency elections scheduled for 18th November that the Commission will uphold the people’s choice at the end of the exercise.
But he debunked the insinuation in certain quarters about a possible postponement of the elections, with a declaration that the date fixed for the exercise remains “sacrosanct.”
Obiano in a statement issued Sunday night said it was time to build a new Anambra.
Obiano said ”It belongs to the wheelbarrow pushers and the Okada riders who have clearly seen in our recent political experience, a glimmer of light on the horizon.”