- Ndi Anambra and Nigerians generally have to wait a little before knowing the winner of the Anambra 2021 governorship election
- This is as INEC suspended the collation of results, explaining that no winner will be declared until election is held in Ihiala LGA
- The supplementary election will be held on Tuesday, November 9, even as APGA's candidate, Soludo, has won in 18 out of the 20 LGAs declared so far
Awka, Anambra state - The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has suspended the collation of results for the November 6 Anambra governorship election.
Legit.ng reports that Professor Florence Obi, the returning officer for the election, made the declaration at INEC head office in Awka, Anambra state capital in the early hours of Monday, November 8.
She cited the disruption of the election in the Ihiala local government area of the state as the major reason for this, saying a supplementary election would hold on Tuesday, November 9.
Professor Chukwuma Soludo of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) secured the highest votes cast in Saturday’s election.
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Announcing the votes of all the candidates in the election in the 20 LGAs that have been collated, Obi said Soludo polled a total of 103,946 votes in the exercise.
She said Valentine Ozigbo of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) followed with 51,322 votes while Senator Andy Uba of the All Progressives Congress (APC) came a distant third with 42,942 votes.
INEC official absconds with over 40 result sheets
Still on the Anambra election, Dr. Gabriel Odor, the collation officer for Idemili south local government Area of Anambra, has revealed that a supervisory presiding officer absconded with 42 result sheets.
He announced this at the head office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Awka, the state capital, during the final collation of results.
Odor, who is a lecturer at the University of Calabar, said because of the development, elections could not hold in the affected areas.
Many children gather at Soludo's house, pray for him to win
Meanwhile, amid the collation of the results of the Anambra governorship election, many children have prayed for Professor Soludo to win.
The children who gathered at the country home of Soludo, Isuofia, were said to be those on his scholarship scheme.
One of them was seen chanting "in the name of Jesus" as he and his peers prayed for Soludo to become victorious in the election.