Anambra Election: YPP, PDP Candidates Congratulate Charles Soludo
The candidate of the Young Progressive Party in the November 6 Governorship Election in Anambra State, Ifeanyi Ubah, says he has no intention to challenge the results of the poll in court.
Ubah, who currently represents Anambra South Senatorial District, said he has phoned the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Chukwuma Soludo, to congratulate him on his declaration as the winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission.
INEC had on Wednesday declared Soludo as the winner after he cleared 19 of the 21 local government areas with a total of 112,229 votes beating Valentine Ozigbo of the Peoples Democratic Party, who polled 53,807 votes, and Andy Uba of the All Progressives Congress who got 43,285 votes. Ubah of the Young Progressive Party polled 21,261 votes to come fourth.
In a statement after the declaration of Soludo as the winner of the election, Ubah said he appreciated his supporters and said he submitted to the will of God.
Meanwhile, The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party ,Valentine Ozigbo, has also congratulated the winner and candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Chukwuma Soludo.
Ozigbo, in a statement on Wednesday, said he “just called Professor Chukwuma Soludo and congratulated him on being declared the winner of the Anambra State governorship elections, 2021. I wished him well and prayed for his success.”
While appreciating his supporters for the determination, Ozigbo alleged that the election was fraught with many shortcomings, adding that the Independent National Electoral Commission presented poorly trained staff.
“This election was fraught with a lot of shortcomings on the part of various government institutions. The security agencies failed to provide a peaceful environment for campaigns to hold. On election day, they were absent from many polling centers leading to elections not holding or held in situations that allowed for chaos and fraud.
“The national electoral commission presented untrained and poorly trained staff who could not operate the voting machines in many places. They failed woefully in providing logistical support for their staff and so elections started very late in many places and did not hold in many others.
“The use of government funds and resources to corrupt, coerce, and intimidate voters, PDP party agents, and electoral officials was a major factor in determining the outcome of this election.
“All of these led to the disenfranchisement of the greater percentage of voters and staining the course of democracy. I will be dedicating time to champion the positive change we need to ensure that future elections are truly free and fair and that the will of the electorate prevails.
“Denominational politics was also a factor. We need to do a lot more to ensure that competence is never sacrificed on this altar and that democracy is practiced in line with its truest tenets.
“In all, I am more determined to work for a better future for our children by remaining in active politics and rebuilding our party to be more united and more robust for those who come after us. Ka Anambra Chawapu.”
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