Day 3 of Anambra 2021 Election Updates. INEC suspends Results Announcement. Enugu Metro Calls for Concession. Meet Returning Officer, Mrs. Obi.And more.

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Full results so far for the Frontrunners

How APC can meet up at Ihiala

ENUGU | 02:06 P.M. | NEWS ANALYSIS

Mandatory requirements met

Can any party beat APGA in Anambra tomorrow? This is highly unlikely.

Fom the election results declared so far, APGA, the ruling party in the state is in an unassailable position.

A winner is expected to score 25percent of votes cast in at least two-thirds of the LGAs in a state.

Anambra has 21 local government areas. A winner must therefore score 25 percent and above in at least 14 LGAs.

Based on results declared so far, only the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) met and surpassed this requirement. Of the 20 LGAs whose results are known, APGA scored 25% and above in all of them. It also won outright in 18 LGAs.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) trailing a distant second, scored 25 percent and above in 11 local governments.

This figure will however drop to nine if the scores of other candidates are factored in.

Even if the figures for PDP hold true at 11, winning 25% at Ihiala will only push its number to 12, two short of the requirement for victory.

Thus, it’s looking like an exercise in futility and a waste of resources for INEC.

Analysts are wondering why INEC will not call the election now, on the strength of the results it has announced.

Ihiala is ready, says SSG

Public Service Announcement For Ndi Ihiala

This is to inform the public, particularly residents and voters in Ihiala local government area of Anambra state that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed Tuesday, 9th November, 2021 as the date for the 2021 Anambra Gubernatorial supplementary election for Ihiala local government area only.

Anambra state government working with relevant security agencies hereby assure Ndi Ihiala that adequate security arrangements have been made to protect life and property during the election.

All are encouraged to come out and vote for the candidate of their choice.

As Ndi Ihiala may have observed, elections were successfully and peacefully held in the other 20 local government areas of Anambra state and INEC has duly announced the results.

No incidence of violence or voter molestation was recorded in the Anambra gubernatorial election which held on Saturday, 6th November, 2021.

As a reminder, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) had previously cancelled the sit-at-home order earlier announced and encouraged Ndi Anambra to come out and vote.

Anambra will continue to remain the light of the nation.

Professor Solo Chukwulobelu
Secretary to Anambra State Government
Monday, 8th November, 2021

Ihiala will make history

IHIALA | 01:21 P.M. | VIEWPOINT

By C. Don Adinuba | Commissioner

Ihiala has the distinction of being the only local government area in Anambra State where the supplementary gubernatorial election will hold on Tuesday, November 9. Its people have a chance to make history. Not by voting like other most other local government areas in the November 6 governorship election but by delivering at least 90% of the vote to the best candidate to lead the emergence of a greater Anambra State, which, with time, will become Africa’s Taiwan. Such overwhelming support will strengthen the hands of Ihiala people and their leaders to negotiate skilfully with the incoming governor who is fortunately a world-class material.

The signs are positive enough. Everyone knows where the two House of Assembly members from the local government area belong. We all know where the lone House of Representatives member from there belongs. Good a thing that all stakeholders from the area have already endorsed the best candidate in this election, with some assisting him with resources. Ihiala Local Government Area cast more votes for the reelection of Governor Willie Obiano in November, 2017, more than any other LGA in the Anambra South Senatorial zone. Therefore, the voting pattern this time is easily predictable. What most people can’t predict now is the margin of victory.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) leadership itself is determined to make the election transparent enough. The INEC officers who went to work in Ihiala LGA last Saturday and compromised the integrity of the electoral process by being in cahoots with discredited politicians from the area have been removed; a new set will conduct the vote and will be watched very closely by even well-trained intelligence officers. One of the compromised INEC officers, Paul Okolocha, the Electoral Officer, was arrested by the police and the video of the arrest went viral within minutes. He had accepted a result written by a controversial politician and his cohorts, promising to submit it into the system.

Okolocha, an indigene of Enugwu Ukwu in Njikoka Local Government Area, was capitalizing on the ignorance and avarice of these terrible politicians to swindle them of a stupendous amount. The new electronic machines would not have accepted the fake result submitted by agents of Senator Andy Uba of the All Progressives Congress (APC). INEC has deployed a state of the art technology in the Anambra election to fight fake results. With the Bimodal voter authentication system (BVAS), the face and fingerprints of every voter must be verified, and the result electronically transmitted. Still, these old politicians are likely to attempt tomorrow to smuggle fake results into the system because of their old habits founded on fraud. They did so last Saturday in Abatete, Idemili North Local Government Area, with serious consequences for APC members.

It is reassuring that adequate security will be provided for the supplementary election in Ihiala LGA, up to the level of last Saturday which will make it difficult for criminals to operate. A free, fair and transparent election is a cardinal democratic requirement.

The Ihiala people and their leaders have a date with destiny tomorrow. They will come out in large numbers to give their considerable vote to the best candidate in the November gubernatorial race in Anambra State to the delight of the rest of the state and to the glory of God.

Adinuba is Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment

Meet Returning Officer, Prof. Obi

ENUGU | 08:35 | PROFILE

Prof. Florence Obi

Florence Banku Obi is a professor of special needs education and Vice Chancellor of the University of Calabar.

She is the 11th substantive head of the University and first female to occupy the position.

Born at Bansan-Osokom in Boki Local Government Area of Cross River State, Obi had all of her formative education – up to the PhD level – in her native Cross River State. She however attended other post-doctoral courses abroad.

The mother of four served in Unical as deputy vice-chancellor, and  was also Commissioner for Women Affairs in Cross River. 

She contested for the VC position for the first time in 2015 but lost. She however had better luck in 2020 and made history as the first female VC of Unical.

Prof. Obi began as a Unical faculty in 1990 when she was apointed assistant lecturer at the Institute of Education.

Enugu Metro Editorial

ENUGU | 07:40 | NEWS UPDATE

Enugu Metro

Enugu Metro calls on first runner-up, Chief Val Ozigbo, to concede victory to Prof. Charles Soludo and save Anambra state from potential electoral manipulations.

As at this morning, the tallied election results of the 6 November Anambra Governorship poll strongly suggests a clear winner.

Anambra State made the nation proud by selecting two stellar candidates going into the elections. These are… READ MORE

INEC suspends announcements

AWKA | 07:40 | NEWS UPDATE

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has suspended further action on results of Anambra Governorship elections.

Returning Officer Prof Florence Obi
Prof. Obi

Returning Officer Prof. Florence Obi said a supplementary election for Ihiala LGA will hold tomorrow, 9 November.

She warned trouble makers to steer clear of the 356 polling units in Ihiala tomorrow.

Political leaders in the LGA raised alarm that attempts were being made to manipulate the voting process.