APC Sets Up Committee On Anambra Election, Prepares For 2019

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has set up a strategic committee to examine what led to the party’s loss in the 2017 Anambra governorship election.

The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) John Oyegun says it has become necessary to examine the party’s performance at the Anambra governorship election in preparation for the 2019 general elections.

Mr. Oyegun made this known at the inauguration of the committee in Abuja.

According to him, the Southeast and Southsouth will be critical for the APC in the elections.

Also at the meeting, the former Ekiti State governor, Mr Niyi Adebayo was inaugurated as the chairman of the committee.

Governor Obiano Receives Certificate Of Return

Re-elected Governor of Anambra State Willie Obiano has received his certificate of return after his landslide victory in Saturday’s governorship election.

The certificate of return was presented to the governor on Wednesday by INEC National Commissioner, Mrs May Agbamuche, at the Independent National Electoral Commission’s headquarters in Awka, the Anambra State capital.

At the even, the Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Dr Nkwachukwu Orji, urged the governor to live up to expectations and continue to develop the state.

According to him, INEC has played its part by conducting the election and it is now up to the governor to increase the value of votes by keeping his campaign promises.

Mr Obiano had arrived at the INEC headquarters around 10 am in company with his wife, the Deputy Governor Dr Nkem Okeke, and many of his supporters and top officials.

The former Nationa Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance and Chairman of the Willie Obiano Re-election Committee, Victor Umeh, and several traditional rulers and party chieftains were also at the INEC headquarters to witness the event.

Mrs Nkoli Mmegbuanaeze who won the House of Assembly by-election for Idemmili North also received her certificate of return. With her victory at the poll, she will replace her husband, Francis Mmegbuanaeze, who died in August, in the Assembly.

Fayose Congratulates Obiano On Landslide Victory

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Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has congratulated Governor Willie Obiano for his landslide victory in the just concluded Anambra election.

The governor, who spoke on Sunday through his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, was convinced that the results clearly showed that connection to the people was key to winning an election.

He also commended the conduct of the poll, describing the performance of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies as above average.

READ ALSOAPGA’s Obiano Secures Second Term By Landslide Victory

Governor Fayose said the success of the election was a sign that INEC was listening to the cries of Nigerians for a return to the legacy of free, fair and credible elections.

“Even though there were reports of malfunctioning of card readers, number of votes exceeding number of accredited voters, and pockets of violence as well as buying of votes, the Anambra governorship election was better than others conducted by INEC under the present government of APC,” he said.

“By now, INEC ought to have resolved all issues on card readers because it does not augur well for the electoral process and INEC itself if we are still being faced with failure of card readers on election day.”

The governor also commended observers for ensuring that the election was relatively credible and urged them to focus more attention on the 2018 governorship election in Ekiti and Osun states.

“Particularly, we will be having governorship election here in Ekiti on July 14, 2018. I want both local and international observers to be involved before and during the election because what the people of Ekiti State desire is freedom to choose their governor.

“In 2018, we should no longer be talking about failure of card readers, late arrival of electoral materials at polling units and other problems identified during the Anambra election,” he said.

Fayose, who observed that credible electoral process was the only way democracy can be sustained in the country, said: “Even elected public officers will have no option than to deliver democracy dividends to the people if there is assurance that votes will count.”

#AnambraDecides: Osita Chidoka Concedes Defeat, ‘Salutes’ Supporters

Osita Chidoka

Governorship candidate of the United Progressives Party, Mr Osita Chidoka, has conceded defeat in Saturday’s governorship election.

Mr Chidoka, a former Minister of Aviation and ex-Corps Marshall of the Federal Road Safety Corps, wished the governor-elect well and thanked his supporters for standing by him.

“We thank all our volunteers, party loyalists and teeming supporters from across the state; courageous men and women who laboured tirelessly to give wings to our dream. I salute you all,” he said in a statement on Sunday afternoon, a few hours before INEC announced the final results.

In the statement, Mr Chidoka defended his campaign and his intention for the people.

“Our campaign attracted the finest and brightest of Anambra. The bold and the courageous were with us as we exerted our best in running the most robust issue-based and technology-driven campaign in the history of our dear state,” he said.

“We attempted to change the course of events and chart a new beginning for our state. We believed and we dared; we engaged with all patriotic vigour as we held strongly that the long-awaited time for our people to experience a new opportunity had come and we laboured for it.”

Due to a strong distrust of politicians, Mr Chidoka believes the people shunned him for “highest bidder”.

He said, “From the ballots, we heard the voice of our people. We heard it loud and clear. On November 18 our people announced strongly their rejection of politicians. They traded their votes because they doubted we would truly represent their interest.

“While our message resonated with the people they doubted that the political class cared about them. They voted for the highest bidder.”

Regardless, he explained that his focus was the people, “the forgotten, the poor and disadvantaged”.

“They were the prime impetus for our involvement. We beheld their agony and we strived to redirect and vent that energy through a genuine political process. We heard the complaints of our people and we worked to redirect them from the streets to the ballot box,” he said.

“Upon that pedestal, we rejected god-fatherism and money politics. Instead, we made personal sacrifices and worked with small donations and goodwill of a few good men and women. Our campaign started and remained issues-based. We attacked no persons; we looked up in faith because we believed.”

Having lost the election, polling 7,903 votes across the 21 local government areas of the state, Mr Chidoka said he would retreat but not surrender.

“The election, with all its evident flaws, has come and gone, but now that we have engaged in the political process, we will remain engaged. We will retreat for now but we shall not surrender.

“We wish the Governor-elect a successful tenure, but we will still be available to point out the way and provide credible alternatives for our people.”
The UPP candidate vowed to stay the cause despite his loss.

“We are not discouraged but shall continue to propagate our message of a new Anambra. We shall continue on the course for which we went into the race and we shall continue to believe and work until that new Anambra of our dream is born,” he said.

APGA’S Landslide Victory Shows Obiano Has Done Well – Umeh

APGA’S Landslide Victory Shows Obiano Has Done Well – Umeh
Victor Umeh

Former national chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Victor Umeh, says his party’s victory at the Anambra governorship election has shown that Governor Willi Obiano has done well in his first term.

Umeh said this in Awka, the state capital during his appearance on a special edition of Sunday Politics, hours after Obiano was declared the winner of the just concluded poll.

“It is for the people to judge the performance of their governor and whoever they have put in office to serve them,” he said.

READ ALSO: APGA’s Obiano Secures Second Term By Landslide Victory

“So, the statement made today is a very strong statement by the people of Anambra State and it is an endorsement that Obiano has done well in the first term and they want him to continue for another term in office.

“I don’t think he neglected anybody in the first four years, anybody saying that is being economical with the truth otherwise he wouldn’t have won this election in this fashion – landslide across the entire street,” he added.

The APGA chieftain, who promised the people that the party would continue to deliver on its campaign promises, said Governor Obiano would build on the success he has recorded in Anambra.

He also highlighted some of the progress the party has made so far and gave an insight into the governor’s plan for the next four years.

“Let me say that in his first term, he has been able to do quite a lot in terms of physical infrastructure, human capital development, and he has been able to create a healthy government state workforce.

“He has done a lot in agriculture, education, in the healthcare system where he has also introduced the State Health Insurance Scheme. He has also started an airport project which he promised to deliver in three years and work has commenced there.

“So, his campaign mantra is ‘better today and greater tomorrow’. So, you can see now that in the next four years, he is going to build on what he has done; he will consolidate on his present achievements and make greater impacts in other areas,” Umeh said.

#AnambraDecides: PPA’s Ezeemo Congratulates Obiano

Candidate of the Progressive People Alliance (PPA) in the just concluded Anambra governorship election, Godwin Ezeemo, has congratulated Governor Willie Obiano on his victory at the poll.

Ezeemo conceded defeat on Sunday in Anambra State, less than two hours after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced the results of the election which re-elected Obiano for another four years.

READ ALSO: APGA’s Obiano Secures Second Term By Landslide Victory

The PPA candidate said even though there were irregularities that marred the election, the interest and love of the Anambra people was of more concern to him.

He also said he was ready to support and assist the Governor-Elect in delivering the dividends of democracy to the people of the state.

Governor Obiano swept to victory by polling 234,071 votes, more than double the votes of his closest rival, Mr Tony Nwoye of the All Progressives Congress, according to results announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

Mr Nwoye, who flew the APC’s flag in its quest to strengthen its presence in the South East where it has only one governor, polled 98,752 votes.

Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr Oseloka Obaze, got the third highest number of votes with 70,293 votes.

Former Minister of Aviation and candidate of the United Progressive Party, Mr Osita Chidoka, who condemned ‘godfatherism’ and money politics in his campaigns, trailed far behind the three leading candidates with 7,903 votes to his name.

#AnambraDecides: We Will Retreat But We Won’t Surrender, Says Chidoka

Anambra Election, A Referendum On Our Future – Chidoka
Osita Chidoka

The Candidate of the United Progressive Party (UPP) at the Anambra governorship election, Osita Chidoka has given his declaration concerning the November 19 election saying the party will retreat for now but will not surrender.

In a statement released on Sunday, November 11, Chidoka said through the election, the voice of the people has been heard.

READ ALSO: APGA’s Obiano Secures Second Term By Landslide Victory

He said although the election was characterised by flaws, and it has come and gone,  it will be on record that the UPP engaged in the political process and will remain engaged, adding that, “We will retreat for now but we shall not surrender.”

Read Full Statement below:

Declaration Of The Candidate Of The United Progressive Party (UPP), Chief Osita Chidoka On The Outcome Of The November 18, 2017 Anambra Governorship Election.

On September 30, 2017, we officially flagged-off our campaigns for the election. That event at Uli, the remarkable site of the historic Biafra Airport remains significant to our people in our collective search for a new beginning.

Our campaign attracted the finest and brightest of Anambra. The bold and the courageous were with us as we exerted our best in running the most robust issue-based and technology-driven campaign in the history of our dear state.

We attempted to change the course of events and chart a new beginning for our state. We believed and we dared; we engaged with all patriotic vigour as we held strongly that the long-awaited time for our people to experience a new opportunity had come and we labored for it.

In all, our focus was the people; the forgotten, the poor and the disadvantaged. They were the prime impetus for our involvement. We beheld their agony and we strived to redirect and vent that energy through a genuine political process. We heard the complaints of our people and we worked to redirect them from the streets to the ballot box.

Upon that pedestal, we rejected god-fatherism and money politics. Instead, we made personal sacrifices and worked with small donations and goodwill of a few good men and women. Our campaign started and remained issues-based. We attacked no persons; we looked up in faith because we believed.

But from the ballots, we heard the voice of our people. We heard it loud and clear. On November 18 our people announced strongly their rejection of politicians. They traded their votes because they doubted we would truly represent their interest. While our message resonated with the people they doubted that the political class cared about them. They voted for the highest bidder.

When by Thursday a large percentage of our supporters insisted that they will not vote unless we paid, I insisted we will not pay for votes. The decision not to pay ended our good run. We accept the voters’ decision. We also heard our people, by their turnout and transactional approach, as they took sides with our Party’s considered view that the issue of justice, equity and fairness should be canvassed within Nigeria.

In all, we hold our heads high; high because we did not lose the poll due to the paucity of ideas or lack of “structure”. We lost to superior financial firepower. As Democrats, we concede to the voters’ choices. The true hallmark of democracy is the respect for the voice of the ballot as that of the majority.

But the inner truth is that we won! We won at the most important place; in the hearts of people; our people who saw us toil and push in the arena against all odds; who saw the sincerity of our mission and gave all in support of our quest for collective good. We salute you for your support and personal sacrifices to the campaign.

We therefore make no apologies for our decision to refrain from money politics and chart a new course for a clean, knowledge-based campaign driven by patriotism. We make no apologies for our campaign philosophies and our positions on momentous issues that directly affect our people. We are proud to have spoken for them.

However, an important issue has come out of this election. This election represented a referendum on our future. No matter the number that came out to vote, they have made the choice and we do hope that the future we all envisioned for our children and us has not been mortgaged by their action.

The election, with all its evident flaws has come and gone, but now that we have engaged in the political process, we will remain engaged.  We will retreat for now but we shall not surrender. We wish the Governor-elect a successful tenure, but we will still be available to point out the way and provide credible alternatives for our people.

Finally, we thank all our volunteers, party loyalists and teeming supporters from across the state; courageous men and women who laboured tirelessly to give wings to our dream. I salute you all. We are not discouraged but shall continue to propagate our message of a new Anambra. We shall continue on the course for which we went into the race and we shall continue to believe and work until that new Anambra of our dream is born.

Thank you and God bless Anambra State.

 

Official Results For Anambra Governorship Election

 

BREAKING: Official Results For Anambra Governorship Election
Chief Returning Officer, Professor Zanna Akpagu

Here are the official results of the Anambra governorship election released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

See results below;

CANDIDATE                                      PARTY                 VOTE

Uju Ozoka                                           AA                         66

Nwezi Amechi                                   AGAP                    1,036

Oby Okafor                                        ACD                       232

Akunwata Ojiba                               ACPN                    346

Paul Obianaso                                  ADC                       477

Ifeanyichukwu Okonkwo              ADP                       603

Nwoye Tony                                     APC                        98,752

Adaeze Okafor                                 APDA                    2,111

Willie Obiano  (winner)                APGA                    234,071

Nweke Chukwudubem                   APP                        661

Ohanugo Cecil                                  BNPP                     70

Emmanuel Nwibe                           DA                          97

Edochie Chibuike                            DPC                        145

Onuorah Onyeachonam                GPN                       41

Samuel Oraegbunam                      HDP                       31

Ndife Ikenna                                     ID                            37

Rufus Ezeokolonkwor                    KOWA                   49

Christian Enemuo                           LP                           963

Okafor Christian                             MMN                    79

Praise Okechukwu                         MPPP                    39

Chinedu Okpalanma                      NCP                       74

Benneth Abaniwu                           NDLP                     33

Felix Obi-Okafor                              NEPP                     84

Okafor Ogbonna                              NNPP                    68

Val. Oguejiofor                                 NPC                       136

Nnoli Justin                                       NUP                       69

Peter Chibike                                    PDC                        381

Oseloka Obaze                                  PDP                        70,293

Godwin Ezeemo                               PPA                        2,787

Henry Onuorah                               PPN                       55

Kenneth Modezie                            PPP                        87

Stephen Mbah                                  PRP                        59

Ifeanyi Obalum                                SDP                        20

Stanley Ezeanyaku                          UDP                       222

Osita Chidoka                                   UPP                       7,903

Ozoemena Nonso                            YDP                        72

Nnaemeka Ezibe                              YPP                        65

Total number of accredited voters: 457, 311

Total valid votes: 422, 314

Total rejected votes: 6,457

Total votes cast: 448,771

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Also, here are results of four major parties in the election.

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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—7,016
APGA—8,575
PDP—1,530
UPP—106

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3. Awka South LGA:

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

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4. Ayamelum LGA: 

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

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5. Anaocha LGA:

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

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6. Orumba South LGA:

APC—3,808

APGA—8,125

PDP—2,412

UPP—465

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7. Ekwusigo LGA:

APC—5,412

APGA—8,595

PDP—3,856

UPP—320

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8. Aguata LGA:

APC—5,807

APGA—13,167

PDP—4,073

UPP—280

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9. Onitsha North LGA:

APC—3,808

APGA—10,138

PDP—4,143

UPP—435

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10. Ogbaru LGA:

APC—3,415

APGA—6,615

PDP—4,416

UPP—59

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11. Idemili South LGA:

APC—4,063

APGA—5,742

PDP—2,629

UPP—600

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12. Oyi LGA:

APC—5,085

APGA—11,840

PDP—1,296

UPP—111

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13. Orumba North LGA:

APC—3,551

APGA—8,766

PDP—3,865

UPP—190

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14. Awka North LGA:

APC—3,727

APGA—7,162

PDP—3,347

UPP—92

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15. Onitsha South LGA:

APC—2,012

APGA—7,082

PDP—3,423

UPP—471

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16. Ihiala LGA:

APC—7,894

APGA—14,379

PDP—4,706

UPP—128

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17. Anambra East LGA:

APC—5,248

APGA—20,510

PDP—1,132

UPP—53

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18. Anambra West LGA:

APC—4,261

APGA—8,152

PDP—1,578

UPP—207

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19. Nnewi South LGA:

APC—2,765

APGA—10,465

PDP—3,255

UPP—596

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20. Idemili North LGA:

APC—4,632

APGA—12,180

PDP—2,767

UPP—2,847

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21. Nnewi North LGA:

APC—3,616

APGA—10,845

PDP—4,157

UPP—5

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#AnambraDecides: Why People Didn’t Vote For UPP – Chidoka

Anambra Debate: 10 Top Quotes From Osita Chidoka
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Candidate of the United Progressive Party (UPP), Mr Osita Chidoka, has revealed why the people of Anambra refused to vote for his party in the just concluded governorship election in the state.

In a declaration issued on Sunday, a day after the poll took place, Chidoka attributed his party’s defeat to the distrust the people have for politicians.

“From the ballots, we heard the voice of our people – we heard it loud and clear,” he said. “On November 18, our people announced strongly their rejection of politicians.”

“They traded their votes because they doubted we would truly represent their interest. While our message resonated with the people, they doubted that the political class cared about them; they voted for the highest bidder,” he added.

READ ALSO: APGA’s Obiano Secures Second Term By Landslide Victory

Chidoka, a former minister of aviation and former Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps, said some people demanded money to vote for him.

He, however, said his party declined to grant such request, adding that UPP’s agenda was to promote justice and equity in Anambra and Nigeria in general.

“When by Thursday, November 16, a large percentage of our supporters insisted that they will not vote unless we paid, I insisted we will not pay for votes. The decision not to pay ended our good run – we accept the voters’ decision. We also heard our people, by their turnout and transactional approach, as they took sides with our party’s considered view that the issue of justice, equity and fairness should be canvassed within Nigeria,” he said.

“In all, we hold our heads high – high because we did not lose the poll due to paucity of ideas or lack of “structure”; we lost to superior financial firepower. As democrats, we concede to the voters’ choices. The true hallmark of democracy is the respect for the voice of the ballot as that of the majority.”

The former minister further said his party won at the most important place; in the hearts of people who saw the sincerity of their mission and gave all in support of the quest for collective good.

He also thanked party faithful for their support and personal sacrifices to the campaign, saying the poll was a referendum on the future of the state.

He said: “An important issue has come out of this election; this election represented a referendum on our future. No matter the number that came out to vote, they have made the choice and we do hope that the future we all envisioned for our children and us has not been mortgaged by their action.

“We, therefore, make no apologies for our decision to refrain from money politics and chart a new course for a clean, knowledge-based campaign driven by patriotism. We make no apologies for our campaign philosophies and our positions on momentous issues that directly affect our people; we are proud to have spoken for them.”

#AnambraDecides: APC Defeated In Quest For Second South-East Governor

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has failed in its quest to win a second governorship seat in the South East.

The party which swept to power at the federal level and in many states in the country in 2015, has yet to get a strong grip on the South East.

Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state is the only governor from the region in the party.

READ ALSO: APGA’s Obiano Secures Second Term By Landslide Victory

As a result, many were keen to see the outcome of the Anambra governorship election in which the party fielded Mr Tony Nwoye, a former governorship candidate of the PDP in the state.

Ahead of the election, President, Muhammadu Buhari visited the state and declared his support for the party’s candidate.

“I think we have made some progress in securing the country, secondly the economy; we are very lucky God listened to the prayers, mostly of ordinary Nigerians,” the President told supporters at a grand rally for Mr Nwoye last week.

“I thank you very much for staying for so long to watch us and I expect this clear demonstration of your support for the party to be demonstrated next Saturday.”

But Mr Nwoye suffered defeat to incumbent governor, Mr Willie Obiano, the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, and ended the governorship race in second place.

He polled 98,752 votes while Obiano polled 234,071 votes, after which the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared the incumbent governor re-elected.

Like the APC, the Peoples Democratic Party also fell short of its expectation with its candidate securing the third highest votes in the election.

The party, which recently resolved a long leadership tussle with the help of the Supreme Court, is looking to build momentum ahead of the 2019 general election.

For Saturday’s election, it had diplomat and former Secretary to the Anambra State Government, Mr Oseloka Obaze, as its candidate.

But like other candidates, Mr Obaze lost the election in his local government area – Ogbaru – to Obiano.

Overall, Mr Obaze finished third in the governorship race with 70,293 votes, 30 percent of the governor’s votes.

 

#AnambraDecides: Politicians Bribed Voters Openly, Says Situation Room

The Convener of Election Situation Room, Clement Nwankwo has alleged that the Saturday’s Anambra Election was characterised with open votes buying as politicians openly bribed voters during the election.

Speaking in Awka, the state capital, Nwankwo said the election was relatively peaceful but the most striking thing was the situation of votes-buying where huge amount of money was spent by politicians to lure voters.

READ ALSO: APGA’s Obiano Secures Second Term By Landslide Victory

“The most striking with the election is the huge amount of money that’s been spent by the political parties openly bribing voters at the polling units. Some spent as much as N5,000 – N6,000 to pay for a single vote,” he said.

The election room convener, who lamented over the situation of open buying of votes saying it is really disappointing and an abuse of electoral process, however applauded the police for being responsive.

“This is really unprecedented in terms of the amount of money spent buying votes of citizens and it is really disappointing to see this level of abuse of electoral process and the abuse on the limit of expenditure.

“The police have been very responsive. Places where incidents have occurred, they have been prompt to react and nip some incidents in the bud. Unfortunately, the police have not been wide spread as we thought. They had promised 26,000 police personnel; I don’t think we had 26,000 police personnel on ground.’’

Late Arrival Of Materials Causes Setback As #AnambraDecides

He also applauded the Independent national Electoral Commission (INEC) for the responses to the cases of card readers malfunction recorded.

‘’There were few cases of card readers malfunction but the response from INEC has been very good. There has been incidents of ballot box snatching but the number have been limited and I think that the fear about police over policing has been seriously minimised.

Despite few cases of officials making away with ballot papers and election materials including officials turning up late, Nwankwo said the election was “relatively peaceful.”

PHOTOS: Collation Of Results For #AnambraDecides

The final collation of results for the Anambra governorship elections is ongoing in Awka, the state capital.

Election results are being collated 24 hours after the people of the state went to the polls to elect a governor for the next four years.

See photos below;