Anambra Guber Supplementary Poll: Soludo, Ozigbo, Uba Battle For Ihiala Today
Candidates of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Mr Charles Soludo, Peoples Democratic Party PDP, Mr Valentine Ozigbo and the All Progressives Congress, APC, Mr Andy Uba will battle it out in today’s supplementary poll in Ihiala LGA of Anambra State.
The candidate of the Young Progressives Party, YPP, Mr Ifeanyi Uba, who came fourth at the Saturday’s poll would hope for a miracle if he’s to win the election.
There are 148,407 registered voters in the 323 polling units in Ihiala LGA, making it a four horse race, any of the candidates can still win.
Although, the Constitution requires, among being a candidate with the highest number, 25% in two-third of the LGA in the state, a breakdown shows that only the candidates of the PDP and APGA have secured that so far making it clearly a two-way contest.
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had fixed today Tuesday 9 November for the supplementary election in the local government for the conclusion of the Anambra governorship election held on Saturday.
Soludo had polled 103,946, Ozigbo 51,322, Uba 42,942 and Ifeanyi Uba 20,9217 from the 20 LGAs where the election was held.
The electoral umpire will after the outcome of today’s supplementary poll, announce the winner of the governorship poll.
The chairman of APC in the state, Mr Basil Ejidike, had yesterday in Awka while addressing newsmen said the party was short-changed in many areas during last Saturday’s election.
“We cannot start going to court in an election that has not been concluded. We cannot call for cancellation of an election that is still on going. Our party never made the statement, and never said those things, so we urge you to discard them.
“What happened on Election Day with the BVAS was a surprise to us. We were surprised to discover they did not function appropriately. Voters turned out but ended up not voting,” he said.
Meanwhile Ozigbo, the candidate of the PDP on Monday said the battle was not yet over, expressing optimism that he would emerge victorious at the end of today’s poll. He lamented that many voters turned out but were unable to vote.