The Independent National Electoral Commission [INEC] has declared former Central Bank governor Charles Soludo the winner of Saturday’s gubernatorial election in Anambra State.
Professor Florence Obi, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Calabar and Returning Officer for the Anambra gubernatorial election made the disclosure when she announced the final results at about 1:50 AM on Wednesday morning, November 10.
Professor Florence Obi made the announcement after adding the results from the supplementary election which held in Ihiala Local Government Area on Tuesday, November 9.
According to INEC, 61-year old Soludo won the election by a landslide, after amassing a total of 112, 229 votes to defeat candidate of People’s Democratic Party [PDP] Valentine Ozigbo who had 53,807 votes and All Progressives Congress [APC] Andy Uba who secured 43,285 votes. Ifeanyi Ubah of Young Progressive Party (YPP) came in fourth place after securing 21,261 votes.
Indeed, Charles Soludo’s victory had been obvious since Saturday, November 6, after INEC announced results in 20 out of 21 Local Government Areas of the state.
Soludo had secured victory in 18 out of the 20 Local Government Areas announced on Saturday, leaving out only Ihiala Local Government Area which was eventually decided by a Supplementary election on Tuesday, November 9, 2021.
Declaring Charles Soludo as winner, Returning Officer of the election Professor Florence Obi said:
“That Charles Chukwuma Soludo of APGA, having satisfied the requirements of the law is hereby declared the winner and is returned elected.”
Soludo will be sworn in as Governor of Anambra State in March of 2022 after the expiration of the second tenure of incumbent governor of the state Willie Obiano.