LIVE UPDATES: Anambra Governorship Election

The supplementary poll of the Anambra Governorship election is underway in Ihiala Local Government Area of the state. 18 candidates vie for 2.5 million votes... INEC confirmed that 2,525,471 registered voters would participate in the election. However, the All Progressives Grand Alliance leads with a total vote of 103946.
LIVE UPDATES: Anambra Governorship Election

Andy Uba’s commitment to peaceful election exemplary

Senator Andy Uba Governorship Campaign Organisation says Uba’s aspiration is anchored on the quest to set new development agenda for the state.

Supplementary Results:

Uli ward 1

Umuabuchi hall .

PU: 004

APGA: 13

APC: 4

PDP: 19

Labour :1

PU: 014

APGA: 20

PDP: 19.

YPP:1

APC: 2

Suspected IPOB members engage police for three hours

Suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra on a Tuesday engaged the police on battle for over three hours at Osumoghu junction.

The development forced a joint security operatives to block the Osumoghu junction bordering Imo State.

We're not aware soldiers killed anyone - Police

The Police have denied knowledge of killing of anybody during the Anambra State Governorship Supplementary Election in Ihiala Local Government Area of the state.

The was an unconfirmed report that soldiers patrolling around the distribution/ Collation Centre at the Ihiala Local Government Headquarters reportedly shot dead a yet-to-be-identified man.

Candidate of the Social Democratic Party in the poll, Dr Obinna Uzor votes at Umunnamehi Ward 1

Uzor describes the election process as sluggish. He said the Independent National Electoral Commission needs to up its technology.

He said many voters were disenfranchised because of malfunctioning of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System.

Candidate of the Social Democratic Party in the poll, Dr Obinna Uzor
Candidate of the Social Democratic Party in the poll, Dr Obinna Uzor

Voting yet to commence at Eziani ward 1, unit 10

Amichi parish priest, Rev Father Oliver Onyema, casts vote, mandates other priests to do the same

Rev father Oliver Onyema after casting his vote at ward 20 Mbosi. He said he travelled from Amichi in Nnewi South LGA where he works as a priest to Mbosi his home town to exercise his franchise.

He said, "On Saturday, I was here but things didn't work quite well, but today everything went well. I have voted and I'm going back to my parish in Amichi.

Amichi parish priest, Rev Father Oliver Onyema
Amichi parish priest, Rev Father Oliver OnyemaTony Okafor/PUNCH

Voting commences at Mbosi ward 20 in Ihiala. Card reader working perfectly

Supplementary election in Ihiala under way as Soludo leads

The supplimentary poll of the Anambra Governorship election is underway in Ihiala Local Government Area of the state.

The Returning officer, Professor Florence Obi, had said the election would hold in 362 polling units of the local government today, November 9.

The Officer citing the constitution reiterated that election had to take place in those polling units.

INEC declares poll inconclusive

The Independent National Electoral Commission has declared the Anambra governorship election inconclusive due to its inability to deploy staff and materials to Ihiala Local Government Area, as a result of insecurity.

Returning officer in the election, Prof. Florence Obi said disclosed that a rescheduled election would hold on Tuesday to complement the 20 local government areas election result already announced.

Police deny planned arrest of key government official

The police have denied a purported planned arrest of some key officials of the Anambra State Government over the Saturday poll.

The Deputy Inspector General of Police ( operations), Zakky Ahmed, described the story as "fake news".

He said there was nothing like that known to the police.

While assuring of police's neutrality in the poll, the DIG asked journalists to shun fake news during the exercise.

The Independent National Electoral Commission has fixed November 13 for its rescheduled election in the entire Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra State.

Recall that INEC had postponed the poll over alleged irregularities uncovered in most communities in the council area.

The commission made the announcement on Sunday through the officer in charge, Ahmadu Umar, during the collation of results from other LGAs.

Umar, who explained that Ihiala LGA has 148,407 registered voters, warned trouble makers to steer clear of all the venues where the election is to be held in the LGA.

The Anambra State Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr C. Don Adinuba, had earlier claimed that a politician in the area and his group tried to rig the election in Ihiala.

He said some of the hoodlums meant to use for the purpose had been arrested by security agents.

Soludo extends lead, clears 17 of 19 LGAs

Dunukofia LGA

APC 1991

APGA 4124

PDP 1680

YPP 1360

Awka South LGA

APC 2595

APGA 12,891

PDP 5498

YPP 919

Oyi LGA

APC 2830

APGA 6133

PDP 2484

YPP 900

Ayamelum LGA

APC 2409

APGA 3424

PDP 2804

YPP 407

Anaocha LGA

APC 2085

APGA 6911

PDP 5108

YPP 868

Anambra East LGA

APC 2034

APGA 9747

PDP 1380

YPP 559

Idemili South LGA

APC 1039

APGA 2312

PDP 2016

YPP 752

Onitsha South LGA

APC 2050

APGA 4281

PDP 2253

YPP 271

Njikoka LGA

APC 3216

APGA 8803

PDP 3409

YPP 924

Nnewi North LGA

APC 1278

APGA 3369

PDP 1511

YPP 6485

Orumba South LGA

APC 2060

APGA 4394

PDP 1672

YPP 887

Ogbaru LGA

APC 1178

APGA 3051

PDP 3445

YPP 484

Onitsha North LGA

APC 3909

APGA 5587

PDP 3781

YPP 682

Aguata LGA

APC 4773

APGA 9136

PDP 3798

YPP 1070

Ihiala LGA

No election

Idemili North LGA

APC 2291

APGA 5358

PDP 2312

YPP 902

Ekwusigo LGA

APC 1237

APGA 2570

PDP 1857

YPP 727

Nnewi South LGA

APC 1307

APGA 3243

PDP 2226

YPP 1327

Orumba North LGA

(Result Contested. Not Declared)

Awka North LGA

APC 755

APGA 1908

PDP 840

YPP 381

Anambra West LGA

APC 1233

APGA 1918

PDP 1401

YPP 357

NOTES

***APGA won 17 out of 19 local governments called.

***PDP won 1 local government.

***YPP won 1 local government.

***No results declared for Ihiala LGA as elections did not hold.

* No results declared for Orumba North LGA. Result is contested.

Soludo sweeps 10 of 11 LGAs announced by INEC

Prof Charles Soludo
Prof Charles Soludo

The candidate of All Progressives Grand Alliance, Prof Charles Soludo, has cleared 10 of the 11 local governments declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission so far in the ongoing Anambra governorship poll.

The 11th local government area was clinched by candidate of the Young Progressives Party, Senator Ifeanyi Ubah.

As it stands, candidates of the All Progressives Congress, Senator Andy Uba and the People’s Democratic Party, Mr Valentine Ozigbo are yet to win in any of the results declared so far.

Anambra State has 21 local governments.

No election in three Idemili South's wards - INEC

Transportation of Ad-hoc staff to various polling unit at Ezinifite hall, Okpuno, Awka South LGA, Anambra state... on Saturday.
Transportation of Ad-hoc staff to various polling unit at Ezinifite hall, Okpuno, Awka South LGA, Anambra state... on Saturday. Saheed Olugbon

The Returning Officer for Idemili South Local Government Area, Dr. Gabriel Othong, on Sunday confirmed that there was no election in Oba Ward 1, Oba Ward 11 and Akukwu ward all in Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra.

INEC official carts away 41 results sheets

The Returning Officer for Idemili South Local Government Area, Dr. Gabriel Othong, says that 41 result sheets of the 42 result sheets for 89 polling units have been carted away by an undisclosed supervising polling officer of the Independent National Electoral Commission.

Othong, who is from the University of Calabar in Cross River, made the statement while submitting results for the area.

“One of the SPOs carted 41 Result Sheets out of the 42 Result sheets meant for the 89 polling units in the affected wards.

“Over 40, 000 voters were not able to vote in the affected areas due to the development,” he said

Idemili North, Aguata LGA

A - 31

AA - 02

AAC- 28

ADC - 33

ADP - 36

APC - 2291

APGA - 5358

APM - 21

APP - 10

BP- 06

LP- 52

NNPP - 08

NRM - 07

PDP - 2312

PRP -23

SDP - 28

YPP - 902

ZLP - 649

INEC official missing with 41 result sheets

Dr. Gabriel Othong, the Returning Officer of the Idemili South Local Government Area says that 41 result sheets of the 42 result sheets for 89 polling units were carted away.

Othong, who is from the University of Calabar in Cross River, made the disclosure while submitting results for the area.

Soldiers in front of INEC office Awka

Saheed Olugbon

INEC collation centre in Awka

Saheed Olugbon

LG results

Anambra East LGA

APGA - 9746

APC - 2034

PDP - 1380

YPP - 559

Aguata LGA

APGA 9136

PDP 3798

APC 4773

YPP 1070

ADP 91

ZLP 107

Anaocha LGA

APGA - 6925

PDP - 5025

APC - 2085

Awka South LGA

APGA - 12891

APC - 2595

PDP - 5496

YPP - 919

Ayamelum LGA

APGA - 3424

PDP - 2804

APC - 2409

Dunukofia LGA

APGA - 4124

APC - 1991

PDP - 1690

YPP - 1360

Onitsha North LGA

APGA - 5587

APC - 3909

PDP - 3781

YPP - 682

Onitsha South LGA

APGA - 4281

APC - 2050

PDP - 2253

YPP - 271

Njikoka LGA

APGA - 8798

APC - 3216

PDP - 3404

ORUMBA SOUTH IS APGA

APGA ..... 4,394

APC ..... 2,060

PDP ..... 1,672

YPP ..... 887

Soludo wins six LGAs declared by INEC

The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance in the Anambra election, Professor Chukwuma Soludo, has won six Local Government Areas, in the results declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

PDP's Valentine Ozigbo wins Ward

PU: 011 Social Centre

WARD: 005 Amesi

LG: Aguata LGA

AAC- 1

APC- 4

APGA- 4

PDP- 74

YPP-1

APC Chairman in Anambra, Chief Basil Ejidike, wins his Bridge Head 1 and Bridge Head 2 in Onitsha wards

No of Registered voters -738

Accredited voters -114

APGA - 67

APC-24

Pdp-13

Apm-1

Adc-1

Lp-1

Results from Awka South LGA

WARD: NISE II 001

APGA – 40

PDP – 19

YPP – 3

APC – 1

WARD: NISE II 002

APGA – 49

PDP – 29

YPP – 1

APC – 5

WARD: NISE II 007

APGA – 68

PDP – 16

YPP – 6

APC – 12

WARD: NISE II 008

APGA – 68

PDP – 13

YPP – 4

APC – 3

WARD: NISE II 009

APGA – 59

PDP – 13

YPP – 28

APC – 9

Oyi LGA

Nteje Ward 3. Unit 002

APGA 36

YPP 14

PDP 15

APC 7

Nteje Ward 3. Unit 003

APGA 51

YPP 13

PDP 10

APC 20

Result from Senator Uche Elwunife's polling unit, Anaocha Nri, Boys Secondary School 1

APC 13

APGA 5

PDP 63

YPP 2

ZLP 2

Sen. Victor Umeh's polling unit, Aguluzigbo town hall, boot 18

APC 4

APGA 70

LP 1

YPP 6

PDP 6

Soludo's ISUOFIA WARD 002 OFIYI SQUARE

APGA 126

PDP 5

APC 3

YPP 3

ZLP 1

LP 1

Total Accreditation: I39

unaccredited : 578

Total valid votes cast: 139

Voided Votes = Nil

Rejected = Nil

717 = Registered Voters

Voting results for Idemili South (Awka Etiti Ward I)

Idimeli North voting results(Ward: Ideani Ward I and II)

Counting of votes begins at Awka South 

Counting of votes has started at Ward 003, Unit 006, Amawbia 1, Igwedimma Primary school, Awka South.

INEC Adhoc staff counting votes at Igwedimma Primary school on Saturday.
INEC Adhoc staff counting votes at Igwedimma Primary school on Saturday.Photo: Saheed Olugbon/The PUNCH

APC wins Andy Uba's polling unit

The All Progressives Congress candidate, Andy Uba, has won his polling unit - Uga ward 1, polling unit 017.

  • APC - 80

  • APGA 10

  • PDP 2

  • LP - 1

  • AAC - 1

  • Invalid votes - 3

  • Registered voters - 565 votes

  • Accredited voters - 106 votes

PDP's Valentine Ozigbo casts vote, wants voting extended

Valentine Ozigbo was pictured casting his vote at Social Center 010 polling center in his hometown in Amesi, Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State.

Speaking to newsmen, Ozigbo who was accompanied by his wife, Ojiugo, considers request for extension of voting due to card reader issues.

“I’m grateful for the peaceful environment but I have mixed feelings for now... I’m a bit worried by how long it took us to vote.

“... if this is how long it takes for one person to vote, we might need to request for an extension in the voting time to ensure that every eligible voter votes."

Sorting, counting begin at Andy Uba's polling unit

INEC officials pictured sorting and counting votes at the polling unit of Andy Uba
INEC officials pictured sorting and counting votes at the polling unit of Andy UbaSegun Odunayo/The PUNCH

PDP's Valentine Ozigbo casts vote, mums extension of voting

Ozigbo casted his vote at the Social Center 010 polling center in his hometown in Amesi, Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State.

Speaking to newsmen, Ozigbo who was accompanied by his wife, Ojiugo, said, “I have mixed feelings for now. On one hand, I’m thankful that I’ve been able to vote, however I’m a bit worried by how long it took us to vote, Ozigbo said.

“I commend INEC for introducing the machine which will help us reduce election fraud and rigging, but if this is how long it takes for one person to vote, we might need to request for an extension in the voting time to ensure that every eligible voter votes."

#3000 vote buying ongoing at Idemili South

Nnewi North resort to manual accreditation over faulty card readers

Ngige struggles with card reader for over an hour without success

The Biometric Voters Accreditation System machine failed to accredit the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, for over an hour in Alor Ward, Idemili South Local Government Area of the state.

Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige
Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige

APC candidate, Andy Uba, speaks over complaints of faulty card readers

APGA national chairman, Oye, expresses sadness over election as he votes at Amawbia ward 3, Polling Unit 003 in Awka South LGA

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Chief Victor Oye, has expressed reservation over the governorship poll in the state.

Oye while voting at Amawbia ward 3, Polling Unit 003 in Awka South LGA , expressed dissatisfaction over the malfunctioning of BIVAS machine.

He said, "With the massive turnout of voters at the polling unit , I'm afraid that many eligible voters might be disenfranchised.

Senator Andy Uba after addressing journalists at Otiogba Centre Ugah Ward 1

Senator Andy Uba
Senator Andy Uba

Voters complained about faulty INEC Biometric voter accreditation system at the ward

Election materials arriving Mgbakwu area of Isuaniocha LGA, Akwa North at 12.15pm

Saheed Olugbon

V0ter caught selling votes for #1000, #500 at Amawbia South LG

APGA candidate Soludo casts vote 

All Progressives Grand Alliance candidate, Charles Soludo has casted his vote at his polling unit in Ward 13, Isuofia, Aguata LG.

Soludo at his polling unit
Soludo at his polling unitThe Cable

INEC Adhoc staff, voters clash at Njikoka LGA 

Voters reportedly selling their cards for N5,000 at Awka South

Awka South LGA voters reportedly receiving #2500 after voting 

Voters unable to vote at Ngige's PU over faulty card readers

Voters have been left stranded at Alor Ward 1 in the Idemili South LGA - the PU of the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, due to faulty card readers (Biometric Voters Accreditation System).

As of the time of filing this report, The PUNCH reports that voters have not been able to vote as a lady corps member, who pleaded anonymity, said the BIVAS could not capture the voters.

Meanwhile, Ngige is yet to arrive at the polling unit to vote.

Voting materials yet to arrive at Awka North LGA wards

As of 11:35am, voting materials have yet to arrive at Ward 01 and 02, Isuaniocha, Awka North LGA, Anambra.

Voters awaiting voting materials
Voters awaiting voting materialsPhoto credit: Saheed Olugbon/The PUNCH

APC candidate Andy Uba arrives polling unit

Uba arriving at his polling unit
Uba arriving at his polling unitSegun Odunayo/PUNCH

Governor Willie Obiano, wife cast votes

Anambra Governor Willie Obiano and wife Ebelechukwu
Anambra Governor Willie Obiano and wife Ebelechukwu

Governor Willie Obiano and First Lady Ebelechukwu have cast their votes at the ongoing Anambra Governorship Election.

The governor and his wife were seen voting their votes around 9:28am at ERI primary sch, Polling Unit 004, Otuocha Ward Ward 1, Aguleri in Anbra East LGA.

Speaking immediately after casting his vote, he said, “I ask Anambra people to come out and vote. Everywhere is peaceful. Come out and vote.”

Card readers' malfunction delays voting at three polling units in Dunukofia LGA (Umunnachi ll ward).

Anambra State Deputy Governor, Dr Nkem Okeke, casting his vote

Dr Nkem Okeke voted around 10am. He described the process as transparent
Dr Nkem Okeke voted around 10am. He described the process as transparentTony Okafor/PUNCH

Anambra State Deputy Governor, Dr Nkem Okeke, commended the Federal Government for providing the peaceful environment.

He said," I'm impressed with the turnout. The process was transparent . The credit should be given to the federal government for providing the enabling environment. The presence of the security personnel gave the people courage to come out to vote."

European union election observers

European union election observersat Ward 008, Unit 22; and Unit 025, Ward 008, Aroma Junction, Akwa Central.
European union election observersat Ward 008, Unit 22; and Unit 025, Ward 008, Aroma Junction, Akwa Central.Saheed Olugbon

Low turnout of voters at Ward 008, Unit 22; and Unit 025, Ward 008, Aroma Junction, Akwa Central

Almost empty ward
Almost empty wardSaheed Olugbon

Voters protest at Soludo's Ward over Card Readers' malfunction

Voters are protesting at Ofiyi polling 002, Isuofia Ward 13, that card readers are not working. Prof Soludo, the APGA candidate is expected to cast his vote but yet to do so.

Protest at Isuofia Ward 13, where Prof Soludo, the APGA candidate is expected to cast ballot
Protest at Isuofia Ward 13, where Prof Soludo, the APGA candidate is expected to cast ballotRaphael Onyekachukwu/PUNCH

Voters lament poor performance of the card reader at Ward 13 Nsiwufor

Voters at Ward 13, Insiwufor
Voters at Ward 13, InsiwuforSulaimon Adeniyi

Election observers are complaining about lack of security at polling units

Voting commences at Ward 19, Unit 8, Ezenifite Town Hall, Okpuno, in Awka South LGA

Voting finally commenced at about 9:35 am at Ward 19, Unit 8 at the Ezenifite Town Hall, Okpuno, in Awka South LGA with 3072 voters expected.

Voters, agents and observers were seen around the unit, while the polling officers gave out ballot papers to those who have been accredited.

Police deny protest by officers over non-payment of allowances

The Anambra State Police have denied a trending video of policemen allegedly protesting about nonpayment of their election duty stipend.

Deputy Commissioner of Police in the state , Aderemi Adeoye ssid: "The alleged video of police officers protesting for non - payment is not true as been portrayed in the clip.

"A careful study of the video shows a group personnel in high spirit awaiting deployment for the election were chanting victory songs.

"The Police Command remains focused and committed in protecting the sanity of the electoral process in Anambra state."

Polling officers doing the needful before the commencement of voting

Adeyinka Adedipe

Aguata ward 16, polling unit 17. No INEC presence.

Aguata ward 16, polling unit 17
Aguata ward 16, polling unit 17SegunOdunayo

VIDEO: Police officers protest non-payment of feeding allowance

Some policemen deployed for today's governorship election in Anambra State have have been seen protesting the alleged non-payment of their feeding allowance.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣

Reports revealed that a total of N10,000 was approved for their feeding allowance but as of election eve on Friday, Nov, 5, the policemen were yet to receive the allowance.

A video shared by Goldmyne TV on social media showed the policemen gathering at Idemili Ogidi Police Division, chanting “pay us our money.”⁣⁣ ⁣⁣

It was also reported that the cops, many of whom arrived Anambra during the week, were not given accommodation.⁣⁣

Watch the video below:

Anambra Election: Ensure every vote counts - Yakubu tells INEC staff

INEC boss, Prof Mahmood Yakubu
INEC boss, Prof Mahmood Yakubu

The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Mahmood Yakubu, has urged all field staff of the body to be transparent in their dealings and ensure that every vote counts in Saturday’s governorship election in Anambra State.

This is just as he warned that attention will be on the commission as Nigerians expect them to consolidate on recent successes and past gains.

Yakubu, who gave the statement on the eve of the election, insisted that after several months of preparations, the election will hold despite the earlier security challenges experienced in the build-up to the exercise.

“Our determination to ensure that the election holds as scheduled has been unshaken. In the process, we rebuilt our fixed assets and replaced movable facilities.

“We also sought and obtained the support of the security agencies, political parties and candidates and all other stakeholders for a successful exercise.

“Over the next few days, all eyes will be on us. As you are aware, Nigerians expect the Anambra Governorship election to be an improvement on the high standards achieved in recent elections,” Yakubu said.

The INEC boss also disclosed that this was the reason that the commission introduced the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) for fingerprint and facial biometric authentication of voters and that the staff have been trained on the new technology.

“We have also delivered all sensitive and non-sensitive materials for the election on schedule, deployed election duty staff and made logistics arrangements to move personnel and materials to thousands of locations in Anambra State where voting and collation of results will take place.

“It is therefore imperative for all of you to ensure that every single vote counts. You must remain true to our commitment that only the voters in Anambra State determine who becomes the next Governor of the State. In doing so, you must be guided by the extant laws, our guidelines/regulations and good conscience. You should remain vigilant, principled and committed to the vision and mission of the commission,” he said.

Anambra gov poll TOP CANDIDATES:

  1. Ifeanyi Ubah of the Young Progressives Party

  2. Valentine Ozigbo of the Peoples Democratic Party

  3. Andy Uba of the All Progressives Congress

  4. Chukwuma Soludo of the All Progressives Grand Alliance

  5. Godwin Maduka of Accord Party

OTHER CANDIDATES:

  1. Etiaba Chukwuogo (AA)

  2. Nwankwo Chidozie (AAC)

  3. Akachukwu Nwankpo (ADC)

  4. Ume-Ezeoke Douglas (ADP)

  5. Onyejegbu Okwudili (APM)

  6. Azubuike Echetebu (APP)

  7. Chika Okeke Adibe (BP)

  8. Agbasimalo Emmanuel (LP)

  9. Ohajimkpo Emeka (NNPP)

  10. Ezenwafor Victor (NRM)

  11. Nnamdi Nwawuo (PRP)

  12. Uzoh Godwin (SDP)

  13. Obiora Okonkwo (ZLP).

18 political parties/candidates jostle for the votes of over 2.5 million electorate

A total of 18 political parties/candidates will jostle for the votes of over 2.5 million electorate today November 6 in Anambra State as they elect a new governor.

INEC confirmed that 2,525,471 registered voters would participate in the election.

Unlike the previous election, INEC did not release the number of PVCs collected in the state.

According to THE PUNCH, INEC blamed the security situation and the sit-at-home order by the separatist Indigeneous People of Biafra, which prevented residents from free movement, for its inability to fully distribute the PVCs to the owners.

However, some civil society organisations who are also observers in the election however described this as unacceptable.

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