Governor Willie Obiano, on Sunday, lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for guaranteeing a level playing ground that allowed him to emerge winner of the Anambra State governorship election. Anambra election: Obaze rejects.
Reacting to his declaration as governor, Obiano also stretched out a hand of fellowship to fellow participants, even as he affirmed that the victory belonged to Ndi Anambra, who he said beat the odds to partake in an election that was largely characterised by minimal violence.
Anambra election: Obaze rejects
His assertions nonetheless, as the results were declared, yesterday, according to local government basis, many instances of election manipulation were cited by the local government returning officers leading to the cancellation of results in several units. The most conspicuous cases were those of over-voting, the complicity of election officers among others.
Obiano, who topped the poll in all 21 local government areas, polled a total of 234, 072 votes to beat his closest rival, Dr. Tony Nwoye of the All Progressives Congress, APC, who scored 98, 752 votes. Mr. Oseloka Obaze of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, polled 70, 293 votes to come third, while Osita Chidoka of the United Progressives Party, UPP, polled 7, 903 votes to come forth.
But Obaze, in a reaction, said that the results did not reflect the will of the people.
He said: “The over voting and inconsistencies between the counted ballots and card reader data remains exceedingly worrisome. The uniformity of the incumbent governor winning 21 local governments is a political aberration in the context of Anambra politics.
“The election results as reported, shows that nothing matters to the Anambra electorate, the people have spoken. They have taken a cursory long term view of what they wish for Anambra State.”
However, Dr. Alex Obiogbolu, who took second in the PDP governorship primaries, welcomed the election even as he lamented the import of the election on PDP faithful in the state.
“To my PDP family members, I understand your emotions at this moment and more so, that mine has been one of frustration and anger at oneself. We had been promised a reformed PDP, and assured severally that impunity was a thing of the past. I urge that we accept the will of the people,” he said.
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Meanwhile, popular Nollywood actor, Yul Edochie, who contested on the platform of the Democratic Peoples Congress, came out with 143 votes.