Election Results From Anambra Gubernatorial Election

POLLING UNITS RESULTS COLLATED

INEC Results Unit 008 Ward 1 Onitsha North
APGA 23
PDP 19
APC 4

Polling unit 18
Nanka ward 1
Orumba north

Lp 1
ADP 1
APC 40
PDP 17
APGA 81
Ppa 3
Upp 1

INEC Results Unit 013 Ward 1 Onitsha North
APGA 96
PDP 35
APC 34

INEC Results Unit 017 Ward 1 Onitsha North
APGA 67
PDP 39
APC 14

Governorship Result For Umuono Hall 2, Nise Ward 2, Awka-South LGA.
APGA – 94
APC – 25
PDP – 8
APDA – 1
LP – 1

Umudala hall
Polling unit no 10
Nanka ward 1
Orumba north
Aa 1
ADP 1
LP 2
PPA 1
APDA 1
UPP 2
APC 21
PDP 40
APGA 99

INEC Results Unit 013 Ward 1 Onitsha North
APGA 96
PDP 35
APC 34

INEC Results Unit 017 Ward 1 Onitsha North
APGA 67
PDP 39
APC 14

Polling booth 11
Nanka ward 1
Part result
APGA 122
PDP 30
APC 16
Ppa 3
ADC 1

Adazi-Nnuwku ward 1. 007
APGA – 42;
APC -7;
PDP – 6;
UPP – 1

polling station 004( Awada playground, Obosi Urban)
PDP 10
APC 11
APGA 62
UPP 6
APDA 2
UDP 1
INVALID 5

CODE 063 MGBUKA OBOSI UGWU AGBA.
APGA 52
APC 11
PDP 8
UPP 4

INEC Results Unit 011 Ward 1 Onitsha North
APGA 113
PDP 27
APC 11

Igbakwu ward 006
APGA 97
APC 8
PDP 1

Polling unit 012
Ward 2 Nanka
Orumba north
APGA 78
APC 27
PDP 22

INEC Results Unit 002 Ward 1 Onitsha North
APGA 71
PDP 17
APC 6

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Anambra: Impressive Turnout Of Voters

The Anambra governorship election has witnessed impressive turnout of voters at most of the polling units, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

NAN Correspondents who monitored the exercise on Saturday in the three senatorial zones of the state, report that voters were seen in most of the polling units visited as early as 7.30 a.m. waiting to be attended to by the electoral officials.

NAN further reports that security officials were present in all the polling units visited.

At Aguleri in Anambra East Local Government Area, the country home of Gov. Willie Obiano, the governor said he was happy with the massive turnout of voters.

Obiano urged the people yet to come out to do so, noting that effective participation by the people was the only way they could support the advancement of democracy.

The APC governorship candidate, Dr Tony Nwoye, also told newsmen that the turnout was high and impressive.

In Oyi, Orumba North and South, Awka South local government areas as well as Onitsha, NAN correspondents report that the turnout was high in the polling units visited.

However, the turnout in parts of Orumba north and south was poor because of late arrival of materials and officials of INEC.

At Aroma Junction, Agu Oka Polling Unit 004 in Awka South Local Government Area, Mr David Anyamele, a Local Election Observer, described the exercise as peaceful and smooth.

Anyamele, a member of Centre for Citizens with Disabilities, told NAN that he was impressed by the turnout of voters in most of the polling units he visited.

But at Fagge Area of Onitsha, the turnout was not very impressive.

Igwe Nneamaka Achebe, the Obi of Onitsha, told NAN that the unimpressive turnout in Onitsha was because majority of people working and doing business in Onitsha were not residents of the area.

“Most of them live in Nkpor, Obosi, and Idemili areas, but only come to Onitsha to work and do business.

“The Obi in Council had earlier met and directed the town criers to go round the various communities and announce to the people to participate in the election,’’ Achebe said.

He described the conduct of the Nov.18 governorship election as smooth, peaceful and fair.

Meanwhile, a member of the Nigerian Bar Association Election Working Group, told NAN in Onitsha that the poll began on a good note.

The Coordinator of the group, Mr Adewale Ademola, said that the materials arrived and all the materials, including ballot boxes, card readers and results sheets were intact.

Ademola said the card readers were all in good working condition and that the election was smooth.

NAN

Anambra Fears Bomb Blast During Election

The Anambra State residents are in fear that the election could be interrupted with violence as in the bomb blast occurrence in Onitsha as they decide who occupies the position of the state governor today, Saturday.

Some residents of the state were seen gathered in different groups to discuss, in trepidation, what the outcome of the election might be.

It was also observed that security had been beefed up at public places with units of armed policemen stationed at strategic locations.

Some other Anambra residents, expressed their readiness to vote while many others pointed out that they had their reasons to be afraid that the exercise could be marred by violence.

A resident of the state, Ifeanyi Ogockukwu, from Ihiala Local Government Area and a computer operator, said, “I will remain indoors tomorrow (today) until I notice that everywhere is calm because I do not know what it will look like.

“But I will come out and vote when everywhere is calm. I advise others to also come out and vote for the candidate of their choice. They should not sell their votes for anything.”

The Nigeria Union of Journalists, Anambra State Council, in an emergency congress, also expressed fear that something untoward might befall the state in the poll.

It’s communiqué, read partly, “That the Council views with concern the unusually heavy presence of security operatives in the state in the build-up to the election, noting that such could lead to unnecessary tension and may jeopardise peaceful conduct of the poll and possibly dissuade voters from coming out to exercise their franchise.”

The tension in the state was further exacerbated by the pro-secessionist group, Indigenous People of Biafra, which issued what seemed to be a fresh threat and prediction that the Anambra governorship election would be bloody.

IPOB had warned the people of the state to stay indoors to avoid being victims of bomb blast that could occur during the election.

This is just as the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of Operations, Mr. Joshak Habila, dismissed the threat by IPOB, insisting that the voters should come out and exercise their franchise without fear.

A statement by the proscribed group signed by its spokesman, Emma Powerful, indicated that all might not be well with the exercise.

Powerful said IPOB had uncovered a plot by Nigerian security agencies to link it to series of bomb blasts that would occur during Saturday’s governorship election in the state.

The spokesman for the pro-Biafra group claimed that the security agencies, particularly the army, police and the Department of State Services, had planted explosive devices at strategic places in the state, waiting to set them off during the election.

Powerful explained that IPOB would be blamed for the explosions, adding that the alleged plot was meant to justify the Federal Government’s claim that the group was a terrorist organisation.

The IPOB spokesman said, “We gather(ed) that the Nigerian military is now planting explosive devices in all strategic places in Anambra State to justify their evil plan against the people of Biafra.

“The Nigerian Government and her security operatives especially, the Nigerian army and police, including the DSS, have lost the bid to label IPOB a terrorist organisation among the civilised nations. So, they have resorted to crude evidence-planting as they did with their so-called imported double-barrelled hunting guns at Apapa Wharf.

“Chief of Army Staff, General Buratai and his military hierarchy are desperately using every and any available strategy to justify their actions against IPOB family members in Biafraland particularly in Anambra State because of our boycott threat.

“We are warning every indigenous person of Biafra to be wary of tomorrow’s election in Anambra State. Every man, woman and child should remain indoors because Nigerian security operatives have planted military-grade explosives at key locations in Anambra State to kill and maim as many people as possible.

“Stay in your homes with your doors locked because tomorrow will be very bloody for anyone that ventures outside,” Powerful stressed while insisting that the IPOB was not a terror organisation.

He added, “IPOB, under the command and leadership of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, remains a non-violent and peaceful freedom fighting organisation, irrespective of the continued attack on us by the Nigerian Government and her security operatives, especially the army, police and the DSS.”

But, dismissing IPOB’s statement, Habila said, “There is no cause to fear. (In) virtually everywhere, space, you will find police officers and other security agents prepared. I want to assure those who are getting scared; do not believe that something is pursuing you when nothing is pursuing you.

“We guarantee your safety and ask that you come out tomorrow (today) and vote so that you can choose the man you want to be at the helm of affairs. There is no cause to fear.”

Describing the threat by IPOB as a failed move, the DIG added, “I am of the opinion that the threat, which was put through, was just a dummy; it was just a script written and rehearsed. But I think that it has failed because it has not been played.

“It was never played during the campaign. I do not think that anybody will go and dust those things and play them anymore. If there is anyone, then it is unfortunate.

“But I want to assure you that they were just antics; and that is why I say, vote and live, but not vote and die.”

Anambra Election: Party Chieftains Beg Voters To Come Out

Some chieftains of political parties on Friday appealed to voters in Anambra to turn out en masse to vote for candidates of their choices in the Saturday’s governorship poll.

They told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in interviews in Lagos that voters who would fail to exercise their franchise should not complain of poor leadership.

Chief Charles Nwodo, the National Chairman of Progressive Action Council, advised the people to avoid apathy.

“We believe that the people of Anambra know that if they fail to come out to vote, they are creating chances for poor leadership.

“There is no alternative to democracy; we are appealing to IPOB to cooperate with the electoral body and allow the people to exercise their franchise,’’ Nwodo said.

He urged security agencies not to intimidate any voter, urging adding that they should ensure peace and order.

Chief Osita Okereke, the National Chairman of African Liberation Party, also urged voters to come out and exercise their franchise.

“Voters should be wise in their decision,’’ Okereke added.

Chief Perry Opara, Secretary-General of Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), urged people of Anambra to come out en masse to vote as there would be enough security.

Mr Damian Ogbonna, the National Chairman of Peoples Progressive Party, advised miscreants to avoid being used to foment trouble.

He appealed to all stakeholders in the election to ensure its success.

NAN

PDP Inaugurates Committee On Anambra Guber Poll

The National Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has set up a Campaign Committee for the Anambra State gubernatorial election scheduled for November 18.

A statement issued by Senator Ben Obi, National Secretary of the party on Wednesday in Abuja, disclosed that the committee would be led by governors Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu and Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta as joint chairmen.

Mr Obaze Oseloka, the party’s gubernatorial candidate for Anambra would flag off his campaign on Monday, at the Dennis Memorial Grammar School (DMGS) Onitsha the statement said.

Committee members include Sen. Ike Ekweremadu, Deputy Senate President, all PDP governors, Sen. Ben Obi and all former PDP Governors from the South East.

Other members were all former governors from the five other zones of the nation namely Otunba Gbenga Daniel, South West; Chief Celestine Omehia, South-South; Alhaji Ibrahim Shema, North West; Alhaji Ibrahim Idris, North Central; and Mr Boni Haruna, North East.

Others include all former governors South-South, all former National Assembly members from South East, all members of the Board of Trustees from the South East.

Also in the committee were all former ministers from the South-East, all National Assembly members from the South-East Zone, all South East Zonal Executive Committee members.

It also includes all state chairmen from South-East Zone and Chief Austin Umahi, National Vice Chairman, South East.

INEC Shortlists 37 Political Parties For Anambra Governorship Election

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has published the names of 37 registered political parties contesting for this year’s governorship election in Anambra state.

The polls will be held November 18.

INEC, on Wednesday, also released the names of the governorship candidates and their deputies.

The State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr. Nkwachukwu Orji, in a chat with newsmen, said the exercise was in line with what is required of the commission by the law.

Orji also appealed to the various political parties in the state. to campaign peacefully to help the commission deliver on its mandate of free, fair and credible election.

Among the political parties and their candidates published are the All progressives Grand alliance (APGA) Chief Willie Obiano and Dr. Nkem Okeke, the All Progressives Congress (APC) Dr. Tony Okechukwu Nwoye and Mr. Dozie Ikedife Arinze, and the People Democratic Party (PDP) Mr. Oseloka Henry Obaze and Mr. Chidi A. Onyemelukwe.

Anambra 2017: Coast Clears For Obiano

With the conclusion of the various party primaries for the forthcoming November 18 governorship election in Anambra State, it is obvious that the coast is now clear for the incumbent Governor Willie Obiano, given that the line-up has made the battle easy for him. That Obiano is already cruising to victory is noticeable from the fact that there is no strong challenger in the ring. It is not easy to defeat a champion, a superstar who, in this case, is the incumbent governor, whom the masses of the people have endorsed based, not on sentiments, but concrete, verifiable and stellar achievements in different sectors of the state’s economy.

The flood of overwhelming endorsements points to Obiano’s victory. Among others, the endorsement has come from the former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Professor Chukwuma Soludo, who since April acknowledged that Obiano has done well in attracting investors to the state. Soludo advised his brother politicians not to waste their time and money in challenging Obiano but instead use the money to set up industries to give employment to the youths.

The endorsements have seen grassroots support for Obiano. The Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities, Some well-heeled stakeholders from Ogbaru Local Government and some community leaders in Okpoko, a densely populated area in Ogbaru have all thrown their weight behind Obiano. This is in addition to the endorsement by the influential Onitsha Head Bridge market and different sections of the trading sector in Anambra State.

Also, the Anambra State workers under the joint associations of the Nigeria Labour Congress, (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and the state chapter of the Nigerian Civil Service Union (NCU), have endorsed Obiano for a second term based on his giant strides and achievements. The endorsement has also come from the Old Aguata Union. The Catholic Church is behind the governor based on my personal observations in the state.

Very important personalities in Anambra have endorsed Obiano for the second term. These include Chief Emeka Anyaoku, former Secretary-General of the Commonwealth; Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe, who described Obiano as an “incidental politician and technocrat.” Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah, described Obiano as The Sun Governor of the Year, after contesting with him in 2014. He said Obiano is not greedy but a contented man. That, exactly, is what Anambra people need, not a greedy looter or political jobber whose sole ambition is to take control of Anambra’s funds.

I had said earlier that no one should think that Obiano and his political party, APGA, should not be challenged. As a matter of fact, the excitement lies in the challenge and eventual victory for Obiano. Given the vibrant political culture in Anambra State, victory at the poll captures huge euphoria than perhaps elsewhere in Nigeria. The reason is that there are always men and women of calibre who are ready to slug it out in the political ring.

But despite all that, the people of Anambra State have come to embrace Obiano and APGA as theirs, which gives the Igbo voice politically. Without APGA, what else do the Igbo have? It is therefore, not surprising that Obiano, in 2014, defeated veterans like Senator Andy Uba, Senator Annie Okonkwo, Mrs. Uche Ekwunife and Dr. Chinwoke Mbadinuju.

This time around, the lineup has been reduced to a defeatable number. Obiano is still on top. The main challenges are three and include Mr. Oseloka Obaze, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr. Tony Nwoye, All Progressives Congress (APC) and Mr. Osita Chidoka of the United Progressive Party (UPP).

Senator Andy Uba, who would have been dramatic, was edged out by Nwoye at the APC primary. Uba’s contention of the result of the primary has more or less split the party. He and his supporters feel cheated with the outcome. A gnawing gap has been created.

The PDP is also facing the internal crisis. Other than the division at the national level between the two factions under Ahmed Makarfi led National Caretaker Committee and his opponent, Ali Modu Sheriff, there is a brewing controversy over the choice of the running mate to Oseloka, who a group of the party claims is not a card-carrying member. The UPP is showing up as a greenhorn with no experience. That would require extraordinary clout to make an impact.

Consequently, APGA is currently the only party without recriminations. The friction between Victor Oye and Chief Martin Agbaso over the party’s chairmanship has been resolved as both men have thrown their weight behind Obiano. Chief Agbaso declared, recently, that APGA is already looking beyond the November 18 governorship poll in Anambra State. He stressed that nothing will stop APGA from retaining the seat.

Obiano’s achievements cut across infrastructural development, improved education standards, agricultural revolution, youth empowerment and employment, foreign investments, power supply and above all internal security of lives and properties. These landmark achievements are seen across the state. I have personally visited different parts of Anambra State to see things for myself.

The secret of success in Anambra State is continuity. After taking off with a lacklustre PDP government in 1999 under the erstwhile Governor Chinwoke Mbadinuju, the state was more of a pariah state and a total disappointment. Mbadinuju was succeeded by Chris Ngige, who confronted the monster of corruption that held the state by the jugular. The battle earned him abduction, the first of its kind in Nigeria. Those were the dark days of Anambra State under the PDP.

The emergence of Governor Peter Obi on March 17, 2006, under APGA marked a sharp departure from chaos. The forces that held Anambra State down confronted Peter Obi and attempted to dethrone him through a frivolous impeachment that was later nullified by the Appeal Court. Peter Obi won the final battle after the Supreme Court removed Senator Andy Ubah, who was governor for 14 days.

Having cleared the hurdles, Peter Obi went on a transformation spree. He left indelible marks. He was wise enough to entrench continuity in governance. That was why he baptized Obiano as his successor. Obiano has certainly kept the pace. Anambra people have not been disappointed. Anything that would derail the spate of development would be seen as an anathema. Hence, the popular feeling is that there should be no interruption of Obiano.

With the overwhelming support and endorsements for Obiano from across the state on account of an outstanding record of achievements, there is no doubt, whatsoever, that victory is certain for the seasoned banker and technocrat, who has maintained the tempo in Anambra State.

Source: The Guardian