The candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Mr. Willie Obiano, was this morning declared winner of the controversial Anambra State governorship election, after INEC finally conducted the supplementary election which was mar by low turnout on Saturday.
The entire process was marred by controversy as three of the major political parties (APC, PDP and LP) that fielded candidates called for its cancellation and vowed to boycott the supplementary election.
The supplementary election which eventually took place on Saturday without the major candidates, was characterised by low turnout. The Agbaja Polling Unit 22 in Abatete, Idemili North Local Government Area, which has a voting population of 739, for instance, had only 24 candidates accredited and 20 of them voting in the supplementary election.
It will be recalled that Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Attahiru Jega apologised to Nigerians on the conduct of the main election on 16 November, after admitting errors, but said the errors were not substantial enough to warrant the cancellation of the entire exercise.
The declaration of Willie Obiano as winner was made by the Chief Returning Officer, Prof. James Epoke at 1.00am this morning and here are the details of the result.
APGA Candidate Willie Obiano scored 180,178
PDP Candidate Tony Nwoye scored 97,700
APC Candidate Senator Chris Ngige scored 95,963
Labour Party Candidate Ifeanyi Ubah scored 37,495
In declaring Obiano winner, Epoke said the APGA candidate did not only win the majority of the votes cast, but also fulfilled the requirement of the Electoral Act that the winner should score 25 per cent of the total votes cast in two thirds of 14 local governments areas in the state, Epoke said.