The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC, on Monday declared last Saturday’s governorship election in Anambra State inconclusive as it refused to declare a winner.
Though All Progressives Grand Alliance’s Chief William Obiano led according to the result with 174,710 votes while the Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate, Tony Nwoye polled 94,956 while the Senator Chris Ngige of the All Peoples Congress had 92,300 votes,
Professor James Epoke, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Calabar, who doubled as the Returning Officer, disclosed that a supplementary election would be conducted at a date to be fixed by INEC, where the election was cancelled.
He pointed out that the total number of cancelled votes was more than the difference between the numbers of votes cast for the winner and the runner up of this election according to the state INEC official who read the results at about 6am Monday morning.
William Obiano polled 174,710 votes to come first, the first runner-up, Comrade Tony Nwoye of the PDP polled 94,956 votes to place second, while Senator Chris Ngige of APC had 92300.
Because the difference in the figures between the first two candidates, which is 79,754 is less than the cancelled votes, which 113,113, the commission could not declare anybody the winner.
A total of 1,763,751 voters were registered for the election, while 451,826 were accredited. Total valid votes amounted to 413,005, while total number of rejected votes was 16,544.
All the votes cast were 429,549. Out of the cancelled votes, 89,997 were from Idemili North Local Government Area alone, and additional 636 from two units in Idemili South.
APGA won in 16 of the 21 local government areas, APC won in two, PDP won in two, while LP won one.