Soludo Emerges Winner of Anambra Governorship Election
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared Chukwuma Soludo of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) the winner of the Anambra governorship election.
This was announced by the Returning Officer for 2021 Anambra governorship election and the Vice Chancellor of the University of Calabar, Florence Obi, in the early hours of Wednesday at INEC headquarters in Awka.
While announcing the final results, she said that Mr. Soludo won in 19 of the 21 local government areas of the state, beating his closest rival, Valentine Ozigbo of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who scored 53, 807 with a total of 112,229 votes.
With Mr. Ozigbo coming second place, Andy Uba of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate with a total 43,285 votes emerged third position.
Ifeanyi Ubah of the Young Progressive Party (YPP) who won in one local government came fourth with 21,261 votes. Mr. Ozigbo also won in one local government with Mr. Soludo winning in the remaining 19 local governments.
Ms. Obi listed the areas where Mr. Soludo won to include; Dunukofia, Awka South, Oyi, Anaocha, Ayamelum, Anambra East, Idemili South, Onitsha South, in Njikoka, Orumba South, Onitsha North, Idemili North, Ekwusigo, Aguata, and Nnewi South, Orumba North and Ihiala Local Government Areas.
The PDP candidate Mr. Ozigbo won in Ogbaru local government with 3,445 votes while APGA scored second while APC came third in the same council.
Ifeanyi Ubah of the Young Progressive Party (YPP) won in his home local government, Nnewi North, despite coming fourth in the overall score card with 21,261 votes.
The returning officer said, “Prof. Chukwuma Soludo having scored the highest number of valid votes was declared winner of the election.”
Ms. Obi noted that the total number of valid votes was 241,523, while 8,108 were void.
Earlier on, Ms. Obi stated that Anambra with a total number of 2,466,638 registered voters only had a total of 253, 388 accredited voters for the election which began on November 6 and extended to November 9, 2021.
TOS had reported that INEC suspended collation of results late Sunday night, and declared the election inconclusive following non-conduct of election in Ihiala Local Government Area. INEC then fixed Tuesday November 9 for supplementary election in Ihiala.
Mr. Soludo is expected to be sworn in, in March 2022, when the tenure of the outgoing governor, Willie Obiano, expires.
Charles Chukwuma Soludo, CFR was born on 28 July 1960. He is a Nigerian economics Professor and a former governor and chairman of the board of directors of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). Chukwuma was named governor on 29 May 2004. He is also a member of the British Department for International Development’s International Advisory Group.
Soludo has been a visiting scholar at the International Monetary Fund, the University of Cambridge, the Brookings Institution, the University of Warwick, and the University of Oxford as well as a visiting professor at Swarthmore College (USA). He has also worked as a consultant for a number of international organisations, including The World Bank, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, and the United Nations Development Programme. He is a professional in the business of macroeconomics.
He obtained his three degrees and then professorship at the University of Nigeria in Nsukka, Enugu State. Soludo graduated with a First Class Honours degree in 1984, an MSc Economics in 1987, and a PhD in 1989, winning prizes for the best student at all three levels.
In 1998, he was appointed to the position of professor of economics at the University of Nigeria; he became a visiting professor at Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA the following year.
He declared his aspiration for the seat of the Governor of Anambra State in September 2009 for the state’s election of 9 February 2010. On 9 October 2009, the People’s Democratic Party chose Soludo as their consensus candidate for the position from a field of 47 candidates, after repeated attempts to hold elective primaries were stalled by court injunctions. However, his nomination was contested by 23 of the 47 aspirants, citing lack of transparency in the process.
After the initial animosity, 36 out of the 47 candidates, and several bigwigs of the PDP affirmed their support for Soludo on Wednesday, 14 October 2009. Soludo went on to lose to Peter Obi in an election which was largely considered free and fair according to major election observers.
On 17 July 2013, Soludo resigned from the People’s Democratic Party after writing a letter to the National Chairman of the party, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur. He subsequently joined the All Progressives Grand Alliance in preparation for the November 2013 governorship race in Anambra state. In mid-August 2013, he, along with five other qualified aspirants, were disqualified by the APGA Screening Committee.
In February 2021, Soludo officially declared his intention to run for the position of Governor of Anambra State under the banner of APGA. He has now been declared as the winner in the election.