LIVE UPDATES: Official Results For #AnambraDecides

Twenty-Four hours after the people of Anambra went to the polls to elect who will govern the state for the next four years, the process of announcing results is on.

Saturday’s election had started on a slow note with delays in the arrival of electoral materials being the biggest setback at the start of the exercise.

It was a development that was condemned by some of the 37 candidates that are in the governorship race.

You can catch up on the live updates from yesterday here and if you want a recap of stories about the election, click here.

Stay with us for updates on the results from the Independent National Electoral Commission’s situation room in Awka, the Anambra State capital.

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This is what the collation centre looks like this morning with party agents, journalists and others waiting for the commencement of the final collation of results.

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9:10 am: The REC and other INEC officials are seated, the final collation of results is about to start.

Any moment from now, the results from the LGs will be announced by the returning officers.
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9:43 am: The REC just introduced the commissioners and the returning officer, the party agents now take turns to introduce themselves.

The Chief Returning Officer for the election is Professor Zanna Akpagu.

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9:53 am: The first LGA is about to be called… It’s Njikoka.

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1. Njikoka LGA:

APC—5,756
APGA—16,944
PDP—3,477
UPP—108

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2. Dunukofia LGA:

APC—7016
APGA—8,575
PDP—1,530
UPP—106

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3. Awka South:

APC—6,167
APGA—18,957
PDP—5,354
UPP—150

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4. Ayamelum: 

APC—5,412
APGA—14,593
PDP—2,323
UPP—77

* The Returning Officer for Ayamelum LGA reported security issues and ballot snatching cases.

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5. Anaocha

APC—5,297
APGA—11,237
PDP—6,554
UPP—146

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6. Orumba South

APC—3808

APGA—8125

PDP—2412

UPP—465

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7. Ekwusigo

APC—5412

APGA—8595

PDP—3856

UPP—320

* The Returning Officer for Ekwusigo LGA reported issues of over voting in four wards.

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8. Aguata 

APC—5807

APGA—13167

PDP—4073

UPP—280

* The Returning Officer for Aguata LGA reported  irregularities in four polling units which led to cancellation of votes.

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9. Onitsha North

APC—3808

APGA—10,138

PDP—4143

UPP—435

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APC—3415

APGA—6615

PDP—4416

UPP—59

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Officials have returned from a break and announcement of results has continued.

11. Idemili South

APC—4,063

APGA—5,742

PDP—2,629

UPP—600

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12. Oyi

APC—5,085

APGA—11,840

PDP—1296

UPP—111

* The Returning Officer for Oyi LGA reported issues of ballot snatching and malfunction of card readers.

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13. Orumba North

APC—3551

APGA—8766

PDP—3865

UPP—190

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14. Awka North

APC—3727

APGA—7162

PDP—3347

UPP—92

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15. Onitsha South

APC—2012

APGA—7082

PDP—3423

UPP—471

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16. Ihiala

APC—7894

APGA—14379

PDP—4706

UPP—128

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17. Anambra East

APC—5248

APGA—20510

PDP—1132

UPP—53

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18. Anambra West

APC—4261

APGA—8152

PDP—1578

UPP—207

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19. Nnewi South

APC—2765

APGA—10465

PDP—3255

UPP—596

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20. Idemili North

APC—4632

APGA—12180

PDP—2767

UPP—2847

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21. Nnewi North

APC—3616

APGA—10845

PDP—4157

UPP—5

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Announcement of the results from all local governments have been completed.

Stay tuned for the final announcement of the winner of the governorship election.

#AnambraDecides: Obiano Takes Early Lead In Governorship Race

Incumbent Governor Willie Obiano and candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance has opened up a huge lead in the Anambra State governorship race.

With official results for seven of the state’s 21 local government areas announced, Mr Obiano has polled twice as much vote as his closest rival.

Based on results from Njikoka, Dunukofia, Awka South, Ayamelum, Anaocha,  Orumba South, and Ekwusigo LGAs, the incumbent governor has so far polled 87,026 votes, which is 48,158 votes more than his closest rival, Mr Tony Nwoye of the All Progressives Congress.

Mr Nwoye secured 38,868 votes from the seven local government areas.

Peoples Democratic Candidate, Mr Oseloka Obaze, is currently third in the race with 25,506 votes from the seven LGAs with UPP candidate and former Aviation Minister, Mr Osita Chidoka, trailing far behind.

See the breakdown of the results from the seven LGAs below:

Njikoka LGA:
APC—5,756
APGA—16,944
PDP—3,477
UPP—108

Dunukofia LGA:
APC—7016
APGA—8,575
PDP—1,530
UPP—106

Awka South LGA:
APC—6,167
APGA—18,957
PDP—5,354
UPP—150

Ayamelum LGA:
APC—5,412
APGA—14,593
PDP—2,323
UPP—77

Anaocha LGA:
APC—5,297
APGA—11,237
PDP—6,554
UPP—146

Orumba South:
APC —3,808
APGA —8,125
PDP —2,412
UPP 465

Ekwusigo LGA:
APC —5,412
APGA —8,595
PDP —3,856
UPP 320

Anambra Decides: PDP Accuses APGA, APC Of Electoral Malpractice

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the All Progressives Party (APC) and the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) of electoral malpractice during the Anambra Governorship Election.

The election which took place on November 18, across 21 local government areas, was said to have experienced relative peace despite threats by some groups.

The PDP, however, has claimed that an APGA agent was seen giving an INEC official money at Nnewi Ichi ward, Polling Unit.

The party which made the allegation on twitter also said the APC candidate, Tony Nwoye was seen campaigning on Saturday morning with dogs around some polling units.

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Both parties (APC and APGA) are yet to respond to the allegations.

#AnambraDecides: Counting Of Votes Commences After Slow Start To Poll

Electoral officials in Anambra have started counting votes in polling stations where elections commenced on schedule.

Although today’s governorship election witnessed a slow start with electoral materials arriving late in many polling units, elections went on as scheduled in many others.

See photos of officials counting votes below:

 

#AnambraDecides: Electoral Materials Arrive At Ezeemo’s Ward Five Hours Late

The long wait for electoral materials at the polling unit in Igwebuike Civic Centre in Umuchu Ward 1 in Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State, where the candidate of the Progressive Peoples Alliance, Mr Godwin Ezeemo, is meant to vote has ended.

Independent National Electoral Official arrived at the unit with electoral materials at around 1:20 pm, more than five hours after the governorship election was supposed to have started.

Mr Ezeemo, who has been at the polling unit since 10 am, condemned the delay, describing it as a deliberate attempt to disenfranchise his supporters.

PPA governorship candidate, Godwin Ezeemo is unhappy with the delay in the arrival of materials at his polling unit.

Around 10:18 am he called on INEC to extend voting in the ward as a result of the delay in the arrival of materials.

At the time, he was upbeat about his chances in the polls, insisting that regardless of the delay, he would come out victorious.

#AnambraDecides: INEC Must Do Something About Failing Card Readers – Umeh

The former National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Victor Umeh, says the Independent National Electoral Commission must address the issue of failing card readers once and for all.

Umeh said this after voting in casts his votes in Aguzigbo Ward, Anambra central senatorial district.

Failure to resolve the issue means people will continue to be disenfranchised during elections.

This card reader stuff is something INEC must do something about. In my community here, in polling unit 013, the technician is suspecting that they brought a card reader not meant for that polling unit,” Umeh said.

“INEC should avoid this type of lapse. They have enough time to configure these card readers so that on the day of an election like this, everything would be smooth.”

Also troubling for the former APGA leader is the report he received that electoral officials are refusing to opt for manual accreditation where card readers.

“I got reports from across the state that in some places the card readers are not functioning and they have refused to do manual accreditation,” Umeh said.

“This means if they are not able to rectify the problem with the card readers, those people will be disenfranchised.”

He wondered why the officials were no longer resorting to the use of incidence forms where card readers failed as was done in previous elections.

 

#AnambraDecides In Photos

The people of Anambra State are currently voting to elect who will govern them for the next four years.

Here are photos from our correspondents in the state:

#AnambraDecides: Ezeemo Calls For Extension Of Voting In Aguata

The governorship candidate of the Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA) Godwin Ezeemo has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission to extend the accreditation and voting time for the people of Umuchu Ward in Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State.

His call is based on the delay in the arrival of electoral materials.

According to him, as of 9:50 am materials and INEC officials had yet to arrive at his polling unit in Igwebuike civic centre in Umuchu Ward 1 in the LGA.

Mr Ezeemo is worried that even with all the preparations by INEC there are still delays in the election process.

The PPA candidate is, however, optimistic that at the end of the entire process he will emerge victorious.

10 Famous Nigerians From Anambra State

10 Notable Nigerians From Anambra State
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As the people of Anambra go to the polls to elect a governor for the state, we remind you of 10 famous Nigerians that are from the state;

Nnamdi Azikiwe:

Popularly known as Zik, Azikiwe was the first President of Nigeria.

The prominent nationalist and statesman played a vital role in Nigeria’s struggle for Independence and led the country throughout the First Republic. He was born on November 16, 1904, and he died on May 11, 1996.

Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu:

Born on November 9, 1933, the iconic Odumegwu-Ojukwu would go on to become a military officer, Governor of the Eastern Region and lead the breakaway Republic of Biafra from 1967 to 1970.

As a politician, he was the founding father and leader of the All Progressives Grand Alliance until his death on November 26, 2011.

Alex Ekwueme:

Ekwueme, who is currently receiving treatment in London after reportedly slumping in his home, was the first Vice President of Nigeria. He served as a deputy to former President Shehu Shagari from October 1, 1979, to December 31, 1983, in the Second Republic.

The 85-year-old elder statesman hails from Orumba North Local Government of Anambra State.

Emeka Anyaoku:

Anyaoku was the third Secretary-General of the Commonwealth (from July 1, 1990, to March 31, 2000).

The 84-year-old, who was born on January 18, 1933, has been a major voice in the push for the restructuring of the country.

Louis Ojukwu:

The father of Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu was a prominent businessman and reportedly Nigeria’s first recorded millionaire.

Sir Ojukwu was once considered the wealthiest person in Nigeria and was the founding President of the Nigerian Stock Exchange. He was born in 1909 and died in 1966.

Cardinal Francis Arinze:

Another famous son of Anambra is the current Cardinal Bishop of Velletri-Segni, a position that was held by Joseph Ratzinger who became Pope Benedict XVI since 2005.

He was one of the principal advisers to Pope John Paul II and was among those considered as the beloved pope’s likely successors.

Cardinal Arinze was born on November 1, 1932.

Professor Chinua Achebe:

Born on November 16, 1930, Achebe would become a novelist, poet, and critic, and arguably the most globally recognised Anambra indigene.

His novel “Things Fall Apart”, has been translated into more than 50 languages with more than 20 million copies and is studied widely.

Professor Achebe, who won many prestigious awards, including the Man Booker International Prize, was born on November 16, 1930, and died on March 21, 2013.

Dora Akunyili:

Akunyili gained national recognition for her fight against fake and substandard drugs as the Director General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).

She would later become a former Minister of Information and Communications from 2008 to 2010.

Born on July 14, 1954, Professor Akunyili died on June 7, 2014, after battling cancer.

Dr Chuba Okadigbo

Okadigbo was President of the Senate between 1999 and 2000, succeeding Evan Enwerem, who was impeached. Okadigbo, however, suffered the same fate as his predecessor.

After reportedly falling out with the President at the time, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Okadigbo joined the All Nigeria Peoples Party in 2002 and was running mate to President Muhammadu Buhari in 2003.

Okadigbo, who hailed from Oyi Local Government, was born on December 17, 1941, and died in Abuja on September 25, 2003.

Nwafor Orizu:

Nwafor Orizu was a member of the Nnewi Royal family and the second Senate President of Nigeria. He served during the First Republic from November 16, 1960, to January 15, 1966.

He was also Acting President of Nigeria from late 1965 until the military coup of January 1966. He died in 1999. A college of education in Anambra State is named after him.

Pete Edochie

Pete Edochie, born March 7, 1947 is a Nigerian actor and one of Africa’s most talented actors.

He came into prominence in the 1980s when he played the lead role of Okonkwo in an NTA adaptation of Chinua Achebe’s all-time bestselling novel, Things Fall Apart.

He has six children, one of whom is also an actor, (Yul Edocchie), and also an aspirant in the ongoing Anambra Governorship election.

Nwoye Camp Dismisses Metuh’s Criticism Against Election Cancellation

The Director, Strategy Planning of the Tony Nwoye Campaign Organisation, Jude Onyeka, has dismissed the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Publicity Secretary, Olise Metuh’s criticisms against All Progressives Congress’ call for an outright cancellation of the controversial Anambra governorship election.

On Saturday, Mr Metuh had praised INEC for proper conduct of the Anambra election and criticised the leadership of the APC for demanding a cancellation of the election.

However, a member of Tony Nwoye’s (PDP’s candidate) campaign team, Onyeka, described the electoral process as a charade and supported the call for cancellation which seemed to fuel rumours that there is no alignment between the PDP at the national level and the state level, in Anambra.

Speaking on Sunrise Daily on Thursday, Onyeka assured the public that the PDP was in one accord as the party chairman, Bamaga Tukur, who gave them a mandate to contest in the election, also gave all the support needed.

He commented on Metuh’s statement and said “Chief Olisa Metuh is only an individual, as far as I’m concerned,” adding that he only expressed his own opinion.

He added that Metuh, who is based in Abuja and did not participate in the election, was not the right person to adjudge the election as ‘free and fair.’

“This election, as far as we are concerned, is a mere charade.”

Onyeka also denied claims by the APC that the PDP sold Nwoye’s supporters to APGA.

“Our candidate, Tony Nwoye and all his supporters went into that election because we know that if the election was conducted on a free and fair basis our candidate will emerge the governor elect of Anambra state. So there’s no how we would have sold our mandate to APGA.”

The Tony Nwoye team had successfully campaigned in all 177 communities in the state with 2 weeks. “We wouldn’t have taken such pains if we were thinking of selling our mandate to APGA.”

He stated that anything short of an outright cancellation of the election would not be free and fair.

Anambra Election: Missing Names In Register Was Voters Fault – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission in Nigeria has said that it is investigating the several issues trailing the Anambra governorship election, blaming some voters for the omission of their names in the voters register.

Speaking on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, the spokesman for the commission, Mr. Kayode Idowu, addressed several issues which sprung up during the election that has been touted as a test run for the 2015 general elections.

Despite efforts by the electoral umpire to conduct a free and fair, widely accepted election, there were many hiccups in the process. Mr Idowu admitted that the fact that a supplementary election would be conducted was evidence that the election was flawed.

He, however, condemned people making ‘sweeping generalisations’ concerning the elections.

Mr Idowu, who is the the Press Secretary to the commission’s chairman, Attahiru Jega, said that INEC had made efforts to conduct an election that would surpass all other elections it had conducted in the past but there were challenges in logistics and the voters register.

Commenting on the issue of missing names in the voters register, he said that investigations by the Commission revealed that in most cases people did not go to confirm their details when the Claims and Objections’ register was displayed few days to the election date on November 16.

“The law requires that people should go to verify their status and names during display and there were issues. They had the opportunity to raise it and the Commission will make adjustments.”

The register had also been given to the political parties 30 days before the elections.

“Three days before the election, that same register with a slight adjustment was given to them,” he said, adding that, the Commission had also presented the option for voters to confirm their status by sending a text message to a phone number.

He added that some of the voters whose names were missing were actually not in the biometric register, while some were on the addendum register.

Although INEC Chairman had announced that only the electronic voters register would be used during the election, Mr Idowu explained that the addendum register (which is manual) was used during the 2011 voters registration exercise in order to accommodate those who had issues with the biometric machines.

He gave assurance that the issue with the voters register would not repeat itself in 2015 because the commission would issue a permanent voters card.

“But for people to get it, their data must have been in the register,” he explained.

INEC Is Not Prepared For 2015 – Nwankwo

The Director of Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre, Clement Nwankwo, has said that the controversy trailing the Anambra governorship election does not reflect preparedness on the part of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), especially in light of the 2015 general elections.

Mr Nwankwo, who was part of the 50 civil society groups deployed to different parts of the state, to monitor the election process, expressed displeasure at the election process and stated that the problems encountered in Anambra reveals that INEC needs to go back to the drawing board.

“INEC has again displayed a huge inability to deal with the challenges that we had observed from several elections that have been held in this country since 2011,” he said, while speaking on Sunrise Daily.

He said that “with what happened in Anambra, we really cannot say we are ready for elections in 2015. Indeed, we need to go back to the drawing board.”

Contrary to reports that there was huge turn-out of voters, Mr Nwankwo said majority of the polling units had low voter turn-out.

“In most of the polling units there were less than 20percent turn-out,and in Ogbaru local government which had the highest registered voters of 139,000 only about 32,000 actually voted.”

He also said it is INECs responsibility to tackle issues of logistics but materials were not available on time including in Awka, where the office is situated.

Nwankwo who complained that there were inadequately trained election officers, also disclosed that, “officials were not deployed on time in several polling units across the state.”

Another major problem, was that of voters not finding their names in the register, especially in Idemili local government. “A lot of voters whose names started with letters U, N and O could not find their names on the register.”

Political parties also contributed to the problems as “political parties were openly sharing money in polling units.”

According to him, “there were no preparations to deal with the fact that election offences can be committed at polling units.”

“There must be a system where an election offender can be apprehended at the poling unit. The security officers should have been trained and facilities provided to that effect.”

“This is unacceptable,” he said.