Despite the fact that Chukwuma Soludo, the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), secured the majority of the votes cast in Saturday’s Anambra governorship election, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) suspended the collation of results and declared it inconclusive.
This is due to the technicalities with the figures.
Results after 20 LGAs were declared shows a smaller margin of lead, relative to the number of outstanding votes from one outstanding LGA.
While Mr Soludo leads his closest challenger, Mr Ozigbo, with over 50,000 votes, Ihiala local government alone has over 148,000 registered voters.
Here is the breakdown of the official result
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Margin of lead: 52,624
Number of registered voters in Ihiala LGA: 148,407
For a winner to be announced, the margin of lead is expected to surpass the outstanding number of votes.
APC calls for cancellation of Anambra governorship election, alleges rigging
In a statement released on Sunday night, November 7, in Awka, the state chairman of the party, Basil Ejidike, accused the incumbent Governor Willie Obiano and the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Charles Soludo, of rigging the election.
According to the state chairman, the party will not accept the outcome of the election. Ejidike said the APC won in all the local government, but Obiano and Soludo conspired with some corrupt Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officers to overturn the whole process in favour of APGA.
Legit.ng also reported that Soludo made his first comment as INEC continued to announce the results. He shared a photo of him monitoring the results on his Instagram page on Sunday evening, November 7.
Though the ruling APGA has maintained its lead, indications show that the party may not be declared the winner today.
The collation officers for two local government areas (Ihiala and Orumba North) said elections did not hold in their LGAs.
The governorship election in the area has now been scheduled to hold Saturday, November 13, as a result of alleged irregularities recorded in the LGA.