By Ali Alkali with Agency reports
The candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Willie Obiano, has won the Anambra the 2017 governorship election.
Governor Obiano who contested foe a second term in office won in all the 21 local government areas of the state with a total of 234,071 votes.
Going by the results of the Governorship election announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, the APGA candidate, who is also the incumbent governor of Anambra State, defeated other contenders with wide margin.
He recorded overwhelming victory in all the 21 Local Government Areas of the state, defeating all his opponents.
The Returning Officer for the election, Zana Akpagu, the Vice Chancellor of University of Calabar, after announcing the results declared Mr. Obiano, the incumbent governor, as winner having polled the highest number of votes in the election.
Mr. Akpagu said that a total 448, 771 votes were cast during the election on Saturday. Of the total votes, 422, 314 were valid while 26,457 were rejected.
Mr. Obiano was followed, with a wide margin, by the APC candidate, Tony Nwoye, who polled a total of 98,752 votes.
Mr. Obaze of the PDP emerged third with 70,293 votes while Osita Chidoka of United Progressives Party, UPP, came a distant fourth after garnering 7,903 votes.
In his victory speech, Mr. Obiano asked the losing candidates to join him in administering the state.
The governor called on his co-contestants in the election to see the result as a victory for all Anambra residents. He said the interest of the state is bigger than the contestants’ private ambitions and urged them to join hands with him to build a better place for the people.
Mr. Chidoka, the UPP candidate has already accepted defeat in the election, saying the APGA candidate won because of his financial muscle.
In its reaction, the Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) has hailed the reelection of Governor Willie Obiano and hailed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) “for a job well done”.
CNPP further commended the people of the state for conducting themselves peacefully and in an orderly manner despite the number of political parties that fielded candidates during the polls.
In a statement by the Secretary General, Willy Ezugwu, CNPP urged INEC to sustain the “level playing field it ensured in Anambra State up to 2019 and beyond.
“For us, the people have spoken and the voice of the people is loud and clear in Anambra State and we urge the candidates to continue to embrace themselves even now that the election is over.
“We rejoice with Governor Willie Obiano on his reelection for a second tenure. We urge him to use this opportunity to build lasting bridges and extend a warm hand of fellowship to his brothers and sisters who contested against him with a view to harmonizing the huge human and material resources in the state maximally in his next four years in order to do more for Anambrarians.”
“We commend the electoral umpire, INEC, for maintaining proven fairness and impartiality all through the now concluded electoral process in Anambra with the declaration of Chief Willie Obiano as the duly elected governor of the state”, the CNPP said.
Also commending all security agencies, the CNPP advised them to “extend the same neutrality to the 2019 general election to deepen democracy in the country.”
“Given the process to this election, there is hope for all political parties in Nigeria ahead of the 2019 general election if the security agencies can maintain the level of maturity and professionalism in managing security issues in the build up to the polls”, the CNPP added.