Obiano saves APGA from extinction, wins
The Igbo adage “Nkea bu nke anyi”, this is our own, came true on Saturday in Anambra State as Mr. Willie Obiano was re-elected as governor for another term of four years.
Prior to the gubernatorial election, Chief Victor Umeh, former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APGA, and Obiano’s director-general of campaigns, had warned that if APGA loses in the November 18 poll, it would be the end of the party.
“Anambra election is not only to re-elect Governor Obiano but to ensure that APGA did not go into extinction; we will not allow the only Governor elected under APGA to be removed from office.
“Governor Obiano is the only governor the Igbo race has, so the election is not only for Obiano’s re-election but to make sure the Igbo race is not wiped out in Nigeria.
“The way Igbo are treated in Nigeria has exposed the injustice against the Igbo people and we must struggle harder like never before to ensure that we remain in Nigeria, you should not listen to the people who are coming here to tell you to join them, their end will soon come.”
True to Umeh’s prognosis, APGA trounced the heavyweights which included billionaire politician and businessman, Prince Arthur Eze, former governor of the state, Peter Obi, candidate of the United Progressives Party, UPP, Osita Chidoka, by winning in all 21 local governments.
In the result announced late Sunday morning by the Chief Returning Officer, Prof. Zanna Akpagu, Vice Chancellor of the University of Calabar, Obiano won all the 21 local government areas of the state.
Obiano polled 234, 071 to defeat his closest challenger, Hon. Tony Nwoye of the All Progressives Congress, APC, who scored 98, 752. Oseloka Obaze of the PDP garnered 70, 593 and Osita Chidoka of UPP at a distant 7, 746.
The APGA candidate secured 234,071 votes while Nwoye came second with 98,752 votes and Obaze placed third, garnering 70,593 votes.
While the process was relatively peaceful and smooth, some members of the civil society that monitored the election have described it as one of the worst polls since the returning of democracy in 1999.
The executive director, Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre, PLAC, Clement Nwankwo, told journalists in Awka, the state capital, that the poll was marred by vote-buying antics from all the political parties.
“The election is very disappointing; this is one of the worst elections that have been conducted in Nigeria since 1999.
“We are very disappointed with the political parties and the candidates who have spent this much money on elections that should really be a show of citizens’ reference of who governs them next.
“Individuals were being paid from N500 to N5,000.”
In a related development, Chidoka has wondered if Obiano has not violated the Electoral Act on Election Day when he addressed his supporters after casting his vote.
Chidoka tweeted, “An incumbent who goes to address voters during voting…is that not a violation of the electoral act?”
In a speech after being declared winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC said that his victory in Anambra election belongs to Ndi Anambra, saying that it belongs to the teachers and civil servants, illustrious sons and daughters of Anambra State, farmers in Ayamelum, Onono, Ogbaru, Omasi, Omor and Ufuma.
He also commended President Muhammadu Buhari for proving to Ndi Anambra that under his watch, democracy will sink deeper roots in the Nigerian soil.