As the Anambra governorship election has been declared inconclusive by INEC.
FastNews reports that the state Returning Officer for the election, Florence Obi, vice-chancellor of the University of Calabar, who made the declaration in the early hours of Monday, around 12:20 a.m., stated that this was due to the absence of an election in Ihiala Local Government Area, which has over 148,000 registered voters.
Charles Soludo, the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), received 103,946 votes and won the election in 18 of the state’s 21 local government areas.
His closest rival, Valentine Ozigbo of the Peoples Democratic Party scored 51,322 and won in only one local government area.
“Based on constitutional provision and consideration of the Electoral Act as well as the revised regulations and guidelines for the conduct of elections issued by the commission, the supplementary election is indicated for Ihiala Local Government Area,” the state returning officer, Mrs. Obi said.
She said the constitution provides for a candidate to secure both the highest number of votes cast and 25 percent of votes cast in at least two-thirds of the local government areas of the state to declare the winner.
“Therefore, it is important to complete the election in Ihiala to make this determination,” she said.