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Anambra Election: INEC Suspends Ihiala LGA Collation



Anambra Election: INEC Suspends Ihiala LGA Collation

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has suspended the collation of results of the Nov. 6 governorship election in Anambra pending the conduct of the election in the Ihiala Local Government Area.

Prof. Florence Obi, INEC Returning Officer for the Anambra Governorship election made the announcement Sunday night in Awka.

Obi, who is also the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Calabar, Cross River, announced that the election would be conducted in Ihiala on Tuesday, Nov. 9.

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She explained that the election could not hold in the LGA due to security reasons.

Quoting relevant sections of the Electoral Act and the nation’s Constitution, Obi said it would be wrong to announce the result without allowing people in 131 polling units in Ihiala to exercise their civic duties.

According to her, it becomes imperative to bring Ihiala at par with other local government areas to make a declaration of the result.

”As the Electoral Officer, I hereby announce the suspension of the result until elections are held in all the polling units in Ihiala.

”Supplementary election will take place in the area on Nov. 9,” she disclosed.

Before suspending collation, Obi had given the total number of votes already scored by candidates.

She said that Prof. Charles Soludo of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) polled a total of 103, 946 votes followed by Mr. Valentine Ozigbo of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who scored 51,322 votes to emerge second.

Sen. Andy Uba, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate got a total of 42,942 votes to emerge the third position.

Obi said that Soludo won in 18 out of the 20 Local Government Areas of the State already declared.

Obi listed the areas where Soludo won to include; Dunukofia, Awka South, Oyi, Anaocha, Ayamelum, Anambra East, Idemili South, and Onitsha South.

She also stated that the APGA candidate also won in Njikoka, Orumba South, Onitsha North, Idemili North, Ekwusigo, Aguata, Orumba North, and Nnewi South Local Government Areas.

The PDP candidate won in Ogbaru with 3,445 votes, APGA scored second while APC came third in the same council.

Senator Ifeanyi Uba of the Young Progressive Party (YPP) won in his home Local Government, Nnewi North in spite of coming a distant fourth in the overall scorecard with 20,917 votes.

The returning officer said that no election held in Ihiala must be given chance like others to participate in the process.

Obi stated that the total number of valid votes already collated was 229,521, void votes 7,841 while the total number of votes cast was 237,362.

She praised all parties for their support, noting that a supplementary election would be held only in Ihiala.

Quoting relevant sections of the Electoral Act, she noted that Section 22 of the Constitution provides for a re-run in event of security challenges.

She said that the final result will be announced after completing the election in Ihiala.

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2023 Presidential Race: PDP Endorses Saraki



2023 Presidential Race: PDP Endorses Saraki

The Federal Capital Territory chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Saturday, December 4, 2021, endorsed former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, as its preferred presidential candidate for the 2023 elections.

Saraki’s adoption came on the heels of similar endorsements by the Benue, Nasarawa, and Niger states chapters within the last seven days.

Shortly before the announcement, party leaders from the FCT observed that the PDP needs a candidate from the North Central to win the 2023 Presidency.

They argued that the North Central zone deserves a shot at the presidency because, despite the immense sacrifice made by sons and daughters of the zone in order to build the PDP, restore and sustain democracy since 1999, no one from the zone has been considered for the top job.

During the endorsement meeting, a chieftain of the party from the FCT, Alhaji Ogah Doma, moved the motion for the adoption of Saraki as the choice of the North Central for the PDP Presidential ticket; the motion was seconded and unanimously adopted by all present.

Those at the meeting included PDP stalwarts such as the FCT PDP chairman, Sunday Zakka, Senator Sulaiman Adokwe, and Dr Musa Ahmadu amongst others.

Newsrand, however, understands that those that are currently jostling for the PDP ticket include; former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, Governors Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto), and Bala Mohammed (Sokoto).

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JUST IN: PDP Leaders Hold Closed-door Meeting With Orji Kalu



JUST IN: PDP Leaders Hold Closed-door Meeting With Orji Kalu

The Chief Whip of the Senate, Senator Orji Kalu, on Thursday, December 2, 2021, received newly elected officials of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in his Aso Rock, Abuja residence.

The team was led by the National Secretary of the PDP, Senator Samuel Anyanwu alongside other newly elected officials of the party.

Anyanwu, a former Senator, and other newly elected officials of the PDP arrived at the residence of the Senator representing Abia North Senatorial District.

Anyanwu who wore a navy blue native attire was welcomed by Kalu’s associates and then led straight with his executives to meet the principal officer of the upper chamber.

On sighting one another, both men engaged in pleasantries and embraced each other then proceeded for an indoor meeting.

As the meeting progressed, other executives of the party arrived in turns at Kalu’s residence to join the meeting.

The visit comes amidst strong talks that the former Abia State governor was being positioned for the 2023 presidency to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari.

Kalu, a founding member of the PDP, formally joined the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), In 2016

He contested and won the 2019 Senatorial election.

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Court Strikes Out Case Against Soludo’s Election



Court Strikes Out Case Against Soludo's Election

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has dismissed the case against the election of Prof. Charles Soludo as the Governor-elect of Anambra State.

In a judgment delivered by Justice Taiwo Taiwo, the dismissed suit sought to nullify Soludo’s election on the allegation that he presented false information to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) during registration.

The plaintiffs, Adindu Valentine, and Egwudike Chukwuebuka, had in their suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/711/2021, alleged that Soludo lied in the affidavit (Form EC9), which he submitted to INEC.

INEC, the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Soludo, and the Deputy Governor-elect, Dr. Onyeka Ibezim, were cited as defendants in the suit.

The plaintiffs claimed that Soludo and his running mate had filled in different elective positions in their nomination forms.

The parties claimed the governor-elect stated that he was contesting the Aguata II Constituency seat, while the deputy governor-elect stated that he was contending for the Awka II Constituency seat in the forms they submitted to INEC.

The court also awarded a sum of N2 million against the plaintiffs, in favour of the APGA, Soludo, and Ibezim.

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