The race for Anambra gubernatorial seat continue today as supplementary election holds in the Ihiala Local Government Area of the South-East state to determine the next governor of the state.
INEC Chief Returning Officer for the election, Prof. Florence Obi, said the Commission did not deploy electoral officers to Ihiala because of insecurity in the area.
The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Calabar had subsequently declared the governorship poll inconclusive, saying that a supplementary election would hold in 362 polling units in Ihiala LGA on November 9.
The candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Charles Soludo, won in 18 local governments out of 20 declared, while, the candidate of the Young Progressive Party, Ifeanyi Ubah and the Peoples Democratic Party candidate, Valentine Ozigbo, won one apiece. The governorship candidate of the All Progress is yet to win one.
According to the Director, Voter Education and Publicity, of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Victor Aluko, there are 148,407 voters in Ihiala.
While speaking on a television programme on Monday, Aluko, said the APGA candidate, Soludo, won 18 of the 20 LGAs where election were held, but he cannot be declared as winner yet because the total votes in Ihiala were more than the margin of votes Soludo is leading with.
“Currently, the margin of lead is 52,624 votes between the candidate of APGA and the PDP. The candidate of APGA scored 103,146 votes while the candidate of PDP scored 51,322 votes. The margin of lead is 52,624. The total votes in Ihiala is 148,407. Mathematically, the margin of lead is lower than the outstanding votes in Ihiala. So, to be fair, we need to conclude that election Ihiala before we can move forward,” he said.
An APGA chieftain, Uche Nworah, while addressing journalists on Tuesday, expressed confidence that victory was sure for his party.