*Won in all 21 local government areas
Governor-elect of Anambra State, Willie Obiano, has thanked the people of the state in a broadcast. The election was conducted on Saturday by the Independent National Electoral Commission, which also commenced the announcement of the result on local government basis on Sunday morning.
Obiano, who won in all the 21 local government areas of the state, floored his arch rivals, Tony Nwoye of the All Progressives Congress (Anambra East) and Oseloka Obaze of the Peoples Democratic Party (Ogbaru) in their hometowns.
The Independent National Electoral Commission through the Returning Officer, Prof. Zanna Akpago, had declared Obiano the winner of the November 18, 2017 governorship election at the commission’s office in Awka on Sunday.
A native of Uga in the Aguata Local Government Area, Obiano polled 234,071 votes to beat Nwoye (APC), who came a distant second with 98,752 votes.
The PDP governorship candidate (Obaze), who lost in Ogbaru, his local government area to Obiano, came third in the November 18 contest with 70,293 votes.
The candidate of the United Progressive Party and former Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Osita Chidoka, came fourth with 7,903 votes.
While Obiano polled 6,615 votes in Ogbaru LGA, Obaze garnered 4,416 votes with Nwoye of the APC getting 3,415 votes.
In Aguata, where a former governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Charles Soludo, hails from, Obiano got 13,167 as against Nwoye’s 5,807 and Obaze’s 4,073, a result that reflected Soludo’s support for the incumbent governor.
Obiano surprisingly won in former governor Peter Obi’s local government area, Anaocha as he (Obiano) garnered 11,237 votes, while the PDP (Obi’s party) with Obaze polled 6,554. APC’s Nwoye got 5,297.
It was, however, in Anambra East, Nwoye’s local government area, that the incumbent governor’s prediction of a landslide victory for himself and his party manifested as he took a large chunk of the votes in the area.
Obiano got 20,510 votes in Anambra East, where a son of the soil, Nwoye, polled 5,248 votes and Obaze got 1,132 votes.
Anambra State has 21 local government areas, meaning Obiano needs only 14 LGAs to emerge victorious.
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) won just one of the local government areas so far declared.
Key opposition folks lose in their wards: The results being declared by the INEC shows the APGA incumbent governor has won the election.
APGA defeated the godfather (Arthur Eze) to the APC candidate, Tony Nwoye at his LGA (Dunukofia). APGA also defeated the godfather (Peter Obi) to the PDP candidate, Oseloka Obaze at his LGA (Aniocha).
There was jubilation among supporters of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) late Saturday, 18th November.
The interim national secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ben Obi, lost his ward in the Anambra governorship election but delivered in his local government area. APGA won in the four polling units of the ward with 193 against the votes of the All Progressives Congress (APC) put at 112 and PDP with 107.
It shows APGA won the election by 180,178 votes – winning 18 LGAs out of 21 LGA. PDP came second with 97,700 votes with only one LGA victory at Dunukofia LGA.
APC came third with 95, 963 with victory at two LGAs – Idemili North and Idemili South LGA.
Total number of registered voters was 1,770,127. The total number of accredited voters was 465,891. Total number of valid votes was 425,254 and rejected votes was 16,988. The total number of votes cast was 442,242.