- Despite trailing Soludo by over 50,000 votes, PDP's governorship candidate, Valentine Ozigbo, has said he can still win the Anambra governorship election
- Ozigbo said he can close the gap between him and Soludo if INEC officials and materials are effectively deployed on time for the supplementary election
- The PDP candidate also urged the people of Ihiala to come out en masse and vote for PDP on Tuesday, November 9
Awka, Anambra state - Valentine Ozigbo, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the Anambra governorship election, has expressed optimism that he can still emerge victorious.
The Independent National Electoral (INEC) had in the early hours of Monday, November 8, suspended the collation of results on the grounds that election did not hold in Ihiala local government area.
The electoral umpire said it will hold a supplementary poll on Tuesday, November 9, in Ihiala LGA before declaring the winner of the election.
Professor Chukwuma Soludo of the All Progessives Grand Alliance (APGA) has the highest votes so far (103,946 votes), winning in 18 of the 20 LGAs where results have been announced.
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Although Ozigbo secured the second highest votes (51,322) in the election, he won only one of the 20 LGAs.
The margin between Soludo and Ozigbo currently stands at 52,624.
Nevertheless, addressing newsmen on Monday, Ozigbo said the election battle is not yet over.
According to him, there over 248,000 votes at stake in Ihiala and other places where election did not take place, Daily Trust reported.
There are 148,407 voters in Ihiala, the only LGA where INEC said the supplementary election will be held.
In his address, Ozigbo appealed to the people of Ihiala to come out en masse and vote for PDP.
Ozigbo laments impact of vote buying
The PDP candidate lamented the impact of vote buying which he described as a major issue in the polity.
Ozigbo claimed that as a party without the control of public funds, the PDP could not have bought votes.
Apart from Ihiala, he asked INEC to also conduct election in all the areas where people did not vote.
He said in many places, people came out in large number but were denied the opportunity to participate in the process.
According to The Cable, Ozigbo said he can close the gap between him and Soludo if electoral officials and materials are effectively deployed on time for the supplementary election.
He maintained Ihiala could change the outcome of the election, and called on INEC to ensure there is no technical issues.
“I want to assure the good people of Anambra that the election is not over, it is still winnable for us, the PDP."
Anambra election: Soludo predicts who will win after casting his vote
Speaking with journalists on Saturday, November 6, after casting his vote at his polling unit in Aguata LGA of Anambra state, Soludo said even if only 100 people vote in the election, he will win.
“Today, I was very upbeat and optimistic. I know that APGA is Anambra and Anambra is APGA. Even if only a 100 people vote within the state, we will still win."