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Anambra Poll: Soludo Stretches Lead, Wins 16 Of 18 LGAs Announced By INEC (See Details)

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…Shifts Election In Ihiala To Nov 13 Over Alleged Irregularities

…As Ad-hoc Staff Absconds With Result Sheets

Charles Soludo of the All Progressives Grand Alliance has garnered more votes than his main challengers in Saturday’s governorship election, winning all the 16 out of 18 local government areas results announced so far by the electoral office INEC. The state has 21 local government areas and the candidates of APC and PDP are the runners-up so far.

Mr Soludo, 61, has been locked in a close contest with Andy Uba of the All Progressives Congress, Valentine Ozigbo of the Peoples Democratic Party and Ifeanyi Ubah of the Young Progressives Party. The candidates are seeking to replace Governor Willie Obiano, the only APGA governor in the country.

Mr Obiano supported Mr Soludo during the primaries and pulled resources that aided his ardent campaign against candidates of the two biggest political parties, APC and PDP.

The 18 LGAs so far announced are Onitsha South, Ndemili South, Anyamelum, Oyi, Dunukofia, Awka South, Aguata, Anaocha, Orumba North, Orumba South, Njikoka, Idemili North, Onitsha North, Ogbaru, Nnewi North and Anambra East. Voting will, however, be allowed to continue on Sunday across polling units where delays were forced by widespread voting machine malfunctions.

PDP and YPP have won a local government area each.

From announced results, APGA scored 96,916; PDP scored 46,862; and APC scored 39,667.

Meanwhile,INEC, has announced the postponement of the governorship election in Ihiala Local Government Area, Anambra State, following alleged irregularities discovered in most communities in the council area.

The announcement was made during collation on Sunday by the officer in charge, Ahmadu Umar.

According to Umar, there were 148,407 registered voters in the LGA, yet there was no election in the council area on Saturday due to the activities of some politicians who tried to rig the election.

The exercise has been rescheduled to hold on Saturday, November 13, 2021, as the INEC official warned trouble makers to steer clear of all the venues where the election will hold in the Ihiala Council area.

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

He noted that some of the hoodlums have been arrested by security agents in the area.

In the meantime, (INEC) ad hoc staff has absconded with 41 result sheets in Oba 1, Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra state.

The Local Government Collation Officer, Gabriel Odoh said this on Sunday while presenting the result of the Local Government Area at the collation center in INEC Headquarters, Awka, the state capital.

“In Oba 2 one of the ad-hoc staff carted away 41 result sheets out of the 42 and that is why election did not hold,” Mr Odoh said while explaining why election did not hold in the area.

Although Mr Odoh did not give the name of the ad-hoc staff, he disclosed that the staff was the Supervising Polling officer.

He also explained that violence and ballot box snatching were recorded in Oba 1 area.


Announced results:

1. Aguata LGA

APC: 4,773

APGA: 9,136

PDP: 3,798

2. Awka South LGA

APC: 2,595

APGA: 12,891

PDP: 5,489

3. Anambra East LGA

APC: 2,034

APGA: 9,746

PDP: 1,380

4. Onitsha South LGA

APC: 2,050

APGA: 4,281

PDP: 2,253

5. Orumba North LGA

APC: 2,692

APGA: 4,826

PDP: 1,863

6. Orumba South LGA

APC: 2,060

APGA: 4,394

PDP: 1,672

7. Anaocha LGA

APC: 2,085

APGA: 6,911

PDP: 5,108

8. Ekwusigo LGA

APC: 1,237

APGA: 2,570

PDP: 1,857

9. Dunukofia LGA

APC: 1, 991

APGA: 4,124

PDP: 1,680

10. Oyi LGA

APC: 2,830

APGA: 6,133

PDP: 2,484

11. Ayamelum LGA

APC: 2,409

APGA: 3,424

PDP: 2,804

12. Idemili South LGA

APC: 1,039

APGA: 2,312

PDP: 2,016

13. Njikoka LGA

APC: 3,216
APGA: 8,803
PDP: 3,409

14. Nnewi North LGA

APC: 1,278
APGA: 3,369
PDP: 1,511

YPP: 6,485

15. Ogbaru LGA

APC: 1,178
APGA: 3,051
PDP: 3,445

16. Onitsha North LGA

APC: 3,909

APGA: 5,587

PDP: 3,781

17. Idemili North LGA

APC: 2,291

APGA: 5,358

PDP: 2,312

18. Nnewi South LGA

APC: 1,307

APGA: 3,243

PDP: 2,226

YPP: 1,327

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It’s Impossible For FG To Borrow N1.1trn To Meet ASUU’s Demand, Says Umahi

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Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State says the Nigerian government cannot borrow N1.1 trillion to meet the demands of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) who have been on strike for over five months.

The Chairman of the South-East Governors’ Forum said this on Wednesday when he received a delegation from the Nigeria Police Trust Fund led by Dr. Ben Akabueze, in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi capital.

“There is no way Nigeria will go and borrow N1.1tn to meet ASUU’s demand, it’s quite unreasonable. Are their demands genuine? Yes. But we can start little by little,” the governor said.

“There must be a commitment on the side of both parties that look, ‘ASUU is not asking for this to take to their houses’ so to say. It’s asking for it for our children, to better the infrastructure, to better the lecturers and the students. Yes, but we can start with a fraction of that and then have a programme that will run on the platform of sincerity to address all the lots.”

He also called on varsities lecturers to show some level of understanding so the strike can end.

“So, it is important for ASUU to show some understanding and for those who are negotiating on the side of government to also show some understanding,” he added.

“Let’s meet ourselves halfway and then open the schools to save the fate of our children.”

The governor, who equally faulted the poor maintenance culture in the country, added that there is a need to work on it.

“But let me also say that most of the time, our people have a low appetite for maintenance of public works,” Umahi said.

“No matter how much you deploy to these universities unless the users and the industry regulators begin to treat public infrastructure as their own in the various universities, it will continue to go bad.

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2023: You Need Wike For Your Rescue Mission, Mimiko Tells PDP

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…Says Rivers Gov Has Been The Party’s Solid Rock

Olusegun Mimiko says the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) needs Rivers State governor Nyesom Wike for its rescue mission in the next general elections.

The former Ondo State governor spoke on Wednesday at the flag-off ceremony for the construction of the Azikiwe -Iloabuchi Road in Mile 2 Diobu, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

“Your Excellency, our Party, the PDP, a Party for which you have laboured so much, seems saddled with the historical duty of forging this unity, a unity premised on truth, equity, and justice, a unity upon which rescuing Nigeria from the far from satisfactory performance of the past seven years will be built,” he said during the event.

“It is a mission that must be accomplished. A mission for which you are specially positioned and favoured to play a major role. A mission that must be subscribed to by all lovers of our country.”

He explained that when some forces tried to destroy the PDP, Wike was a bulwark that resisted such attempts.

“Beyond the self-evident physical transformation, you (Wike) have stood as a bulwark against those sworn to emasculate the main opposition party, all in their bid to force a one-party State down the throats of Nigerians,” Mimiko added.

“You were at one point virtually a one-man countervailing force, defending and protecting our dear PDP. You have also, through bold legal challenges, deepened the national consciousness on the defects in the running of our defective federal system.”

Mimiko’s comment came amid speculations that the Rivers Governor may dump the PDP following a fallout with the party after its presidential primary.

Wike lost to former Vice President Atiku Abubakar in the exercise, a development that has since caused a rift between him and Adama-born politician.

The PDP is making reconciliatory moves but Wike’s recent invitation of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos (a state governed by the leading All Progressives Congress, APC) to commission a project has generated further speculations that he may leave the PDP.

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Real Madrid Beat Frankfurt 2-0, Clinch UEFA Super Cup

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Real Madrid have claimed this season’s UEFA Super Cup after overcoming Frankfurt 2-0 on Wednesday.


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