INEC Declares Anambra Governorship Election Inconclusive

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has suspended the collation and announcement of results for the Anambra governorship election, while declaring the vote “inconclusive.”

The results from 20, out of 21 local governments, have been announced, with Ihiala the outstanding local government.

The electoral umpire says election did not hold in Ihiala due to logistic challenges and insecurity.

Of the 20 out of 21 LGAs announced on Sunday, November 7, Chukwuma Soludo of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) secured 103,946 votes, followed by Valentine Ozigbo of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who got 51,322 votes.

Andy Ubah of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has gained 42,942 votes.

Soludo won in 18 of the 20 LGAs declared so far.

The margin between Soludo and Ozigbo currently stands at 52,624.

According to the collation officer for Ihiala, there are 148,407 registered voters in the LGA.

Returning Officer for the election, Florence Obi, cited relevant constitutional sections, before declaring the election inconclusive.

A supplementary election will hold in Ihiala on Tuesday, November 9.

Ahmadu Umar, who is the collation officer for Ihiala LGA, had submitted that there was no election in the entire LGA.

The election had been relatively peaceful across the state, with instances of vote buying–a recurring theme in Nigeria’s elections these days–recorded as well.

There were also pockets of violence in some districts. For instance, the Returning Officer for Orumba North LGA, Dr Michael Otu, said he almost got killed when thugs attacked the Local Government collation centre.

Orumba said he was forced to sign a fake, mutilated result sheet, amid teargas fumes.