Following the Anambra Polls, Prof. Chukwuma Charles Soludo, who is also the former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria has been declared the winner of the governorship elections that took place in the state over the weekend.
Soludo, who is the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA,while reacting to his victory, has reportedly described 2021 Anambra Governorship Election as a reflection of the people’s will.
Speaking during an acceptance speech shortly after he was declared winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on Wednesday morning, Soludo stated that, “Let me say with utmost humility and gratitude to God, I accept the results of the 2021 Anambra Governorship Election as declared by INEC. And this reflects the supreme will of the Almighty God and an overwhelming sacred mandate of the people…This is a divine journey whose time has come.”
He reportedly added that, “The election itself tested the integrity of our federal institutions. Many times there were tensions, especially as one party boasted that it must take or ‘conquer’ but the judiciary stood for the integrity of the judiciary.”
Meanwhile, the Returning Officer of the Anambra Governorship Election, Prof Florence Obi, announced the result on Wednesday morning at the INEC office in Awka, Anambra State.
The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Calabar reportedly said, “That Charles Chukwuma Soludo of APGA, having satisfied the requirements of the law is hereby declared the winner and is returned elected.”
Soludo won the election with 112,229 votes beating Valentine Ozigbo of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP with 53,807 votes, and Andy Uba of the All Progressives Congress, APC, with 43,285 votes. While Ifeanyi Ubah of the Young Progressive Party with 21,261 votes came fourth.
The governor elect is expected to be sworn into office next March following the expiration of the two-term tenure of Obiano.