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Anambra seals the deal as Soludo wins

Prof. Chukwuma Charles Soludo was early this morning announced as winner of the 2021 Anambra State Governorship elections that took place on Saturday 6 November 2021.

He polled over 112,00 to beat his nearest opponent Chief … READ MORE

It all comes down to Ihiala

ENUGU | 06:15 A.M. | NEWS ANALYSIS

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) may be banking on an interesting pathway to victory, it now appears.

The opposition party pins its hopes on a run-off if it manages to overtake APGA in Ihiala vote tally today.

The PDP candidate has 51,332 votes in the bag but this is 52,624 votes less than the APGA frontrunner’s.

In addition PDP scored the mandatory 25% of votes cast in only 11 local government areas (LGAs). This is however three less than the required 14 which constitute two-third of Anambra’s 21 LGAs.

Thus, winning Ihiala will only move PDP to 12 states, two less than the mandatory requirement.

In the event that the PDP carries Ihiala, and also overtakes the frontrunner in overall number of votes, the game changes.

INEC will then call for a runoff between Val Ozigbo and Chukwuma Soludo.

This is where it gets interesting, because the PDP could enter into an alliance with the other parties to upturn Soludo’s current commanding lead.

It all comes down to what happens at the Ihiala polls today.

Welcome to Our Day 4 Coverage

IHIALA | 06:15 A.M. | NEWS UPDATE

Good morning. Welcome once again to Enugu Metro’s continuing coverage of Anambra State Governorship Elections.

The Independent national Electoral Commission (INEC) announce that supplementary polls resume by 10 a.m. today in Ihiala.

This timing differs from Saturday 6 November when the exercise kicked off by 8.30 a.m. across the State.

Observers believe that this will give room for election materials to get to ihiala from Awka. Ihiala is about 58 kilometers from Awka but usually takes 90 minutes drive time to cover.

The LGA has become a beautiful bride to all three frontrunners – APC, APGA and PDP. This is because it has 148,000 registered voters who are expected to show up, with fear of IPOB largely abated now.