Why INEC declared Anambra election inconclusive

Prof Chukwuma Soludo, former governor of Central Bank of Nigeria and candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), has secured majority of results declared in the votes cast in Saturday’s Anambra State governorship election except in Ihiala Local Government Area of the state where elections did not hold.

The results of the election were formally announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at the state collation centre in Awka, yesterday.

The APGA candidate won in 18 of the 21 local government areas of the state. One local government was won by the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Valentine Ozigbo, while the candidate of the Young Progressives Party (YPP), Ifeanyi Ubah, also won in one local government.

However, the collation officer for Ihiala said at the INEC collation centre that elections did not hold in their local council.https://c733c1718e65154f3fed551e290478d9.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html

While Soludo leads his closest challenger, Ozigbo, with over 52,000 votes, Ihiala local government alone has over 148,000 registered voters.

At exactly 12: 15a.m. this morning, the election was thus declared inconclusive to allow for rerun elections in the outstanding local government where elections did not hold.

INEC announced postponement of the election in Ihiala following alleged irregularities discovered in most communities in the council. The announcement was made during collation yesterday by the officer in charge, Ahmadu Umar.

The election has been rescheduled to hold on Tuesday, November 9, as Umar warned troublemakers to steer clear of all venues where the election will hold in the council.

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