By Chinyere Ogbonna – The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared Governor Willie Obiano of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) as the winner of the November 18, 2017, governorship election in Anambra state. Mr. Obiano won in all the 21 local government areas of the state with a total of about 234,071 votes.
He was followed by the candidate of All Progressives Congress, APC, Mr. Tony Nwoye. The candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Mr. Oseloka Obaze emerged third while Osita Chidoka of United Progressives Party, UPP, came fourth. According to INEC, Obiano defeated two major opponents, Tony Nwoye of the All Progressives Congress and Obaze Oseloka of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to clinch the victory. The APGA National Youth Leader, Chuks Nwoga, has described the election as being free and fair.
“It was a peaceful process even in the face of threats by the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, to boycott the election though there were few cases of violence. INEC did a good job, you can’t get a completely perfect process. In some places, election materials didn’t come on time but the election is fair,” Mr. Nwoga said.
“People came out to vote even with this IPOB threats, there was no case of low turnout of voters, the election was okay. You don’t expect 100 per cent to come out but the turnout was impressive”, Mr. Nwoga said. The UPP candidate, Mr. Chidoka, has already conceded defeat, saying he lost to superior financial power. Anambra election went down in history as being the governorship election with the highest number of candidates, 37, in Nigeria’s electoral history.