Anambra Governorship Election: Live Updates

Election

Voters in Anambra State will, today, decide their next governor, out of the 23 candidates contesting for the seat. The election is tightly contested.

A PREMIUM TIMES crew is in the state to give you live, minute-by-minute updates of the election as it unfolds in the 21 local government areas of the state.

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INEC declares election ‘inconclusive’

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has declared Saturday’s gubernatorial election in Anambra State inconclusive.

Announcing the decision to journalists and election monitors, on Monday, James Epoke, Returning Officer and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Calabar, said that a supplementary election would be conducted at a yet-to-be-fixed date.

The election was declared inconclusive because no candidate polled the statutory 25 percent of votes in two-third of the 21 local government areas in the state, according to Prof. Epoke.

“For a candidate to emerge as the winner, he must have scored not only the highest number of votes cast, but should also garner 25 per cent in two-third of the local government areas in the state,” Prof. Epoke said.

The commission stated that due to the large number of cancelled votes, 113,113, no candidate scored the required percentage.

Also, the commission examined the difference between the total votes of Willie Obiano, the APGA candidate, who polled the highest number of votes and Tony Nwoye, the PDP aspirant, who was the first runner-up.

The difference is less than the figure of the cancelled votes. According to INEC, Mr. Obiano got 174,710 to finish tops, Mr. Nwoye polled 94,956.

According to INEC, out of the 1,763,751 voters registered for the election, only 451,826 were accredited.

Total valid votes stood at 413,005, while the invalid ones were 16,544. Total votes cast was 429,549, INEC said.

Idemili North had 89,997 cancelled votes, while 636 were cancelled from Idemili South.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) finished second runner-up with 92,300 votes, while Labour Party (LP) polled 37,446 votes.

23 candidates participated in the election.

The APGA won in 16 of the 21 local government areas; PDP won in two, APC won in two, while LP won one.

A date for the supplementary election will be fixed after the commission must have met, Prof. Epoka announced.

“The commission will arrange a supplementary election in those areas where election was cancelled,” he added.

All the 23 parties would also participa

UPDATE: Anambra Governorship Election, the results so far

Aguata

APC – 5,275
APGA – 10,180
PDP – 4,275
LP – 1,129
Accredited voters – 24,883
Valid votes – 23,452

Ayamelum
APC – 1,827
APGA – 9,121
PDP – 5,681
LP – 624
Valid votes – 17,449

Anambra East
APC – 1,418
APGA – 15,300
PDP – 5,579
LP – 511
Valid votes – 23,315

Anambra West
APC – 2,478
APGA – 5,128
PDP – 3,966
LP – 321

Anaocha
APC – 3,174
APGA -14,563
PDP – 2,948
LP -733
A ballot box was snatched at Unit 016, Obiamaka Primary School, it was reported.

Awka North
APC – 1,712
APGA – 5,385
PDP – 3,943
LP – 474

Awka South
APC – 6,596
APGA – 9,206
PDP – 5,689
LP -1,648

Ekwusigo
APGA – 6,815
PDP – 4,426
APC – 2,958
LP – 1,692

Idemilli North
APC – 7,135
APGA – 2,795)
PDP – 1,462)
LP – 643

Idemili South
APC – 9,539
APGA – 2,899
PDP – 3,786
LP – 1,021

Ihiala
APC – 4,069
APGA – 10,067)
PDP – 5,517
LP – 1,854

Njikoka
APGA – 10,753
APC – 4,585
PDP – 5,630
LP – 754

Nnewi North
LP – 18,014
APGA – 4,846
APC – 3,076
PDP – 1,942

Nnewi South
APGA – 8,145
PDP – 3,031
APC – 2,676
LP – 2,214

Ogbaru
APGA – 11,716
APC – 7,687
PDP – 6,114
LP – 95

Onitsha North – 10,842
APC – 7,616
PDP – 4,947
LP -776

Onitsha South
APGA – 9,786
APC – 7,094
PDP – 3,520
LP – 716)

Orumba North

APGA – 9,161 votes
PDP – 4,567
APC – 3,343

Orumba South

APC – 3,147
APGA – 6,338
PDP – 4,003
LP – 1,265

Oyi
PDP – 9,123
APGA – 6,994
APC – 3,373
LP – 206

Jega admits election official compromised poll

Police has confirmed the arrest of the Electoral Officer accused of deliberately compromising Saturday’s governorship election in Anambra state.

In an interview Sunday, Attahiru Jega, chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, said he was convinced the official purposely hijacked the election in some local governments, leading to a reschedule.

“The Electoral Officer in charge of Idemili North for some inexplicable reason messed up the distribution of electoral materials,” Mr. Jega said in an interview with AIT television.

He said the official held some results sheets and in turn distributed false result sheets.

“We believe strongly that there was connivance between the EO and unknown agents to subvert the electoral process,” Mr. Jega said.

He said the Electoral Officer and supervisor for in charge of Idemili North had been handed over to the police.

“We are serious about this matter and whoever is responsible will be apprehended and handed over for prosecution.”

The Commissioner of Police in Anambra, Bala Nasarawa, on Sunday confirmed the arrest of the official.

Mr. Nasarawa was quoted by the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Awka as saying that the state police command was interrogating the official but declined to mention the presumed offence.

“Yes, I can confirm to you that we arrested one official, but I don’t know if that is the one you are talking about. Yes, we arrested one official,’’ he said.

The election could not take place in 65 polling units in Obosi, following the late arrival of INEC officials and the materials for the exercise.

Voters waited till 4 p.m. when the officials arrived, eight hours behind schedule, prompting the elders of the area to call for the rescheduling of the election.

INEC rescheduled the election in the area for Sunday, prompting at least two parties – APC and PDP – to call for a boycott. (Update from NAN)

Update 52

“Prof Jega has lost total control of INEC,” PDP’s Tony Nwoye tells AIT while condemning INEC’s inadequacies during Saturday’s election.

Mr. Nwoye said he may or may not contest the result of the election in court.

UPDATE 51 – 19:35

PREMIUM TIMES, others excluded from final collation of results

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has expelled PREMIUM TIMES and some other media organisations from covering the final collation of Anambra State governorship election results.

Results of the poll, rescheduled in some areas by 24 hours, are expected to be announced Sunday.

Frank Egbo, the INEC Public Relations Officer, said only 18 media houses would be allowed to cover the collation, which is about to commence.

“If your organization is not on the list, you will not be allowed to be here,” Mr. Egbo said.

Some of the newspapers, though duly accredited, were barred from covering the compilation and announcement of results of the election. They include PREMIUM TIMES, Business Day, National Daily, and others.

Mr. Egbo did not say how INEC arrived at the list. He insisted on excluding the media organisations despite the intervention of a senior INEC media official in Abuja who urged that PREMIUM TIMES be allowed at the event.

Those allowed to cover the collation include AIT, TVC, Silverbird, The Punch, The Nation, MBI, ABS, NTA, FRCN, among others.

UPDATE 50 – 15:51

INEC officials have ordered all journalists out of the premises for a “rescreening.” Only 19 media organizations are on their list “who are supposed to be inside when the results are announced.”

UPDATE 49 – 6:31

Anambra Poll: INEC suspends final collation of results.

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has suspended the final collation of results of the Anambra election until Sunday afternoon, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt.

A senior official of the commission announced at the collation centre that the final collation would begin after the rescheduled election in Obosi, Idemili North, is concluded.

“The collation would start (Sunday) afternoon or evening, whenever the election in Obosi ends. And voting will end when the last person on the queue has cast his or her vote,” the official added.

At the collation centre at INEC headquarters in Awka, the Anambra state capital, journalists, including those that passed the night on the plastic chairs, continue to trickle in and out of the centre.

Victor Umeh, the APGA Chairman, also spent the night at the collation centre.

The accreditation for the election in Obosi is expected to commence by 8 a.m. and end 12 p.m. Voting would begin by 12.30 p.m.

INEC had on Saturday night rescheduled the governorship election in 65 polling units in Obosi, Idemili North local government.

The commission said in a statement in Awka that the election would hold in the area on Sunday.

“Due to serious logistics and related challenges, the INEC wishes to inform all political parties, the electorate and the general public that it has rescheduled the election for Obosi Registration Area of Idemili North Local government Area.

“The election in the ward will now take place tomorrow, Sunday, 17th November, 2013 in all the 65 polling units,’’ the statement signed by the Resident Electoral Commissioner in Anambra state, Prof. Chukwuemeka Onukaogu, said.

Mr. Onukaogu said the accreditation of voters would commence at 8 a.m. in all the 65 polling units while voting would begin at 12:30 p.m.

He regretted any inconveniences the rescheduling might cause members of the public.

 

UPDATE 48- 11:29 pm:

The APGA Chairman, Victor Umeh, just walked into the collation centre.
The few people present hails him “Ohamadike” meaning the ‘people know a warrior.’
He acknowledges the greeting, asks if any result has arrived, and walks to his seat.

UPDATE 47:

 INEC reschedules Anambra guber election in 65 polling units

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Saturday rescheduled the Anambra governorship election in 65 polling units in Obosi, Idemili North local government.

The commission said in a statement in Awka that the election would hold in the area on Sunday.

“Due to serious logistics and related challenges, the INEC wishes to inform all political parties, the electorate and the general public that it has rescheduled the election for Obosi Registration Area of Idemili North Local government Area.

“The election in the ward will now take place tomorrow, Sunday, 17th November, 2013 in all the 65 polling units,’’ the statement signed by the Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Prof. Chukwuemeka Onukaogu, said.

Mr. Onukaogu said the accreditation of voters would commence at 8 a.m. in all the 65 polling units while voting would begin at 12:30 p.m.

He regretted any inconveniences the rescheduling might cause members of the public.

UPDATE 46:

 Anambra: Election: Nwoye, father, uncle’s names missing in INEC register

Tony Nwoye, the governorship candidate of the PDP in the Anambra election, was stopped from voting as his name was declared missing from the voters’ register.

Also missing from the register during the Saturday election were his father’s and uncle’s names.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the candidate discovered the problem in the morning when he went for accreditation at his ward at Offia-nta polling unit 004, Nsugbe.

According to him, the INEC officials had assured him that the problem would be resolved, which unfortunately did not happen.

In his reaction, Nwoye said he was disappointed at the development.

“I am disappointed at the turn of events here. I was here as early as 8 a.m. to be accredited with my father and uncle, but found out that our names were missing in the INEC register.

“I was an honourable member candidate for Anambra East and West in 2011 and I voted in this same polling unit.

“At which point did my name get missing from the register?’’ he queried.

Nwoye berated INEC for the mistake and wondered how the commission would perform in 2015, if it failed to get it right in a state election.

“The development does not augur well for the country since INEC cannot get it right in an isolated election,’’ he said.

The candidate, however, said he was sure of victory, in spite of the challenges.

NAN reports that a similar situation played out in Akabo Ward 3 in Nnewichi of Nnewi Local Government Area, where names with alphabets `K to O’ were also missing from the voters’ register. (NAN)

UPDATE 45:

 On the high table are seats for National Commissioners, Supervisory National Commissioner in charge of Anambra election. DIG Police, Commissioner of Police, Resident Electoral Commissioner, and Army Chief.

UPDATE 44: More journalists arrive collation centre located inside INEC headquarters. Electronic reporters set up their cameras. The centre has been divided into various sections -political party agents, LG Collation Officers, Local/Foreign

UPDATE 43: Normalcy is gradually returning to Awka, the state capital. Shops have opened and vehicular traffic is building up on the roads. At the INEC headquarters, the collation centre is still deserted.

UPDATE 42: At Ilo Ngwodo Ward 1, a corps member attached to the ward told PREMIUM TIMES they got to their polling unit late because of the failure of INEC to pay them. “We woke up since 5 a.m but we got to the polling unit around 11 because we wanted to collect our money from INEC before we start work. Usually, they refuse to pay us once the work is finished. The pay is N4000.”

UPDATE 41: 8:34 — Aroma Ward, Awka South – APGA 34, APC 32, PDP 15, LP 13

Aroma Ward 2 — APGA 45, APC 26, PDP 14, LP 4

Udeozo Ward 2, Awka South — APGA 57, APC 88, PDP 48, LP 82, Invalid Votes 21

PU 010, Ogidi Town Hall, Idemili North — Voting Point 1 — APGA 8, APC 39, PDP 14, PPA 3, APA 1, CPP 1, Invalid Votes 2

Voting point 2 — APC 13, PDP 4, APGA 4, PPA 1, Invalid 1

Update 40-5:46pm:

The INEC Headquarters in Anambra, which is the final collation centre for the election, is still devoid of activities as collated results are yet to come in from local governments.

Update 39:

No election in at least three polling centres in Ogidi – Ilo Ngwodo Ward 1, Central School Akpakaogwe, and Eke Ngweje Ward 1.
Prospective voters allegedly attacked the INEC Electoral Officers for failing to present the result sheet to them before beginning accreditation.

Update 38:

At Afor Agulu Square, Awka South, reputed to be the largest ward in Anambra, it is rowdy as the counting is already in progress. Voters are anxious. They are eager to know the result.

Update 37:

At Central School 1, Akpakaogwe, in Ogidi, Idemili North, an election officer said she was beaten up by the youth at the polling station.

“They requested for the result sheet and I told them we don’t have it yet. They insisted they must see it and began to hit me. They were dragging me, took the ballot paper, and squeezed the register,” said the NYSC member who identified herself as Precious.

Election did not take place at that centre.

Update 36:

Results are coming in from various polling units in Anambra.

Update 35:

PU 009, Ogidi Town hall, Idemili South APC 58 PDP 22 APGA 23 LP 4

Update 34:

A similar  incident played out at Eke Nweje PU 2, in Ogidi Ward 1. The Electoral Officer said the youth also demanded for  the result sheet, that it was the requirement from INEC. “But we had the result sheet in our bag. We told them we couldn’t  show them, that we had to do accreditation first. They said they will not do accreditation. And then they attacked us. The police were there and did not do anything. It was the army that came and saved us,” said  the Electoral Officer.

Update 33:

PU 010, Ogidi town hall, Idemili North. Voting point 1, APGA 8 APC 39 PDP 14 PPA 3 APA 1 CPP 1 Invalid 2.

PU 010 voting point 2 APC 13 PDP 4 APGA 4 PPA 1 Invalid 1

Update 32:

Some political parties shared money at Akaboukwu ward 2 in Uruagu Nnewi. Interested voters show their voting paper to indicate who they voted for, and then get paid.

‪When contacted, a policeman in the area said that their duty is only to control crowd. People suspected to be PDP agents gave N1000 each to their voters while suspected APGA agents gave N500 to each of their voters.‬

Update 31:

At St. John’s Anglican Church, Edoji, Uruagu Nnewi, some people suspected to be agents of APGA shared N1000 to people that voted for them.‬

‪An elderly man in the area lamented the situation and said “Nigeria aga adikwa Mma gboo,” Meaning ‘shall it be well with Nigeria soon?

Update 30:

At PU009, Ogidi Town Hall, Ogidi, Voting has ended. But party agents say although electoral material arrived around noon, it did not discourage the voters.

“The people were here waiting for them to come,” a party agent said.

Update 29:

Observers detained by soldiers have been set free after several hours, INEC’s Director of Monitoring, Bala Ibrahim Shittu, confirmed this in a telephone interview with PREMIUM TIMES.
“Yes, they have been released. I have just returned from there.” He said and did not comment further.

Update 28:

At PU 019 Umudim Akasim in Agulu, Gov. Peter Obi’s unit, voting is going on peacefully. “Everything is Ok here. The governor was the first person to vote and he voted peacefully,” said an APGA agent.

Update 27:

After standing in the sun for half an hour, an 80 year old man, at a polling unit in front of Ngige’s home, cast his vote and shouted “chikena!”

Update 26:

Voting is already in Progress at St. John’s Anglican Church Edoji Uruagu Nnewi.

The atmosphere remains peaceful.

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Update 25:

There is a bazaar going on here at Afor Agulu Square Ward 005 with about four voting points. Opposite the voting points,  money is being shared to voters by people suspected to be APGA agents.

People will go to the corner and they are given N500 or N1000 and then they will come out to queue up and vote. It is not clear what determines how much you get. A former deputy governor of the state under Okoye Agu is sighted here.

As at 1:51p.m., the bazaar is still going on with young mostly involved. This ward is reputed to be the biggest in Anambra.

Update 24:

Senator Ngige cast his vote at exactly 1:45 pm. Before that, there was an argument among party agents over whether the elderly people should be assisted to vote. In the end it was resolved that any of their children or relatives should aid them.Ngige after addressing journalists earlier today.

Update 23:

Accreditation of voters was delayed in Aguleri on Saturday as INEC officials insisted that a billboard of one of the parties in the Anambra governorship election be pulled down.

The billboard of the APGA governorship candidate, Willy Obiano, and his running mate, Okeke Chukwukaodinaka, was mounted metres away from the polling unit near the Aguleri roundabout, contrary to electoral laws.

Update 22:

“I intend to discharge my duties today no matter what, and will go out when ready. I will dare the SSS to shoot…..we wait and see…thanks,” Nasir el-Rufai speaks on his experiences with the SSS.

Update 21:

At the polling unit near APC candidate, Ngige’s home, materials arrived at 11:50 without the result sheets, so there’s arguments whether to vote or not.

Ngige, appearing very calm, said it was “a deliberate act.”

Update 20:

APC’s Deputy National  Secretary, Nasir El-Rufai and Senator Osita Izunaso sighted at Finotel Hotel, Awka. They are reportedly here to beef up support for Chris Ngige, the party’s candidate.

Update 19:

At Community Secondary School, Abatete, voting materials are yet to arrive as at 12:30pm, according to ABS.

Update 18:

“My finding is that it is a desperate move by my opposition to win the election.” PDP governorship candidate Tony Nwoye speaking about delayed election materials.

Update 17:

Nnewi roads remain deserted as the election holds. Meanwhile some people were sighted playing football and when I asked them why they were doing so, they said their votes won’t count since some of their friends names were missing from the register.

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Update 16:

Back at Polling Units 12 – 16 at Okpuno Otolo Nnewi. The disenfranchised voters say their problem is yet to be solved. “I closed my market to come here today. I must vote, whether they like it or not,” one of them said.

Update 15:

At Obi Ilo Okoye polling unit in Awada, Onitsha, there is no INEC and police presence yet, the state-run Anambra Broadcasting Service, ABS, is reporting.

Update 14:

At INEC office in the presence of Premium Times, Shittu explained that the observers might have been detained by the soldiers because the names of the groups were not on the updated list of the observers. The original list contained 23 but the updated one contains 28 groups.

Update 13:

Prospective voters at the PUs 12 – 16 at Okpuno Otolo Nnewi are furious that they are being disenfranchised.

“I came here by 8.30. I did not see my name. They said I should go. And I registered here and have voted here two times – the last governorship election and the presidential election,” said Chinedu Chukwu, 28, whose card shows PU 12.

Over a dozen other voters say they have the same problem with Mr. Chukwu.

“They said we should wait. We have waited for over one hour,” John Nwonu, 27.

Update 12:

There are few voters at PU 12 – 16 at Otolo, Nnewi.

Emmanuel Okeke, the APC agent, tells PREMIUM TIMES that most voters who came for accreditation at the stations did not see their names on the register.

“At polling unit 14, only 6 people were accredited out of 77. Majority did not see their names on the register and the voters said this is where they were accredited. We reported to an INEC official and he said maybe they did multiple registration,” said Mr. Okeke.

But an INEC staff told PREMIUM TIMES that the voters had different polling units on their cards.

“They have been coming and we are directing them to where the polling units on their cards are located,” she said.

Update 11:

Soldiers apprehend and detain some election observers from two groups, NBA and Civil Rights Society Group on their way from Awka to Onitsha.

INEC Director of Election Monitoring, Bala Ibrahim Shittu, has just left INEC office, Awka to intervene and effect their release.

Update 10:

Accreditation started at 10am at Ogbugbankwa Square 1 & 2, Awka South. Some voters on queue complain they arrived since6am. #AnambraDecides

Update 9:

This is 9.40. We are at Ward 2, Polling Units 007 and 008, Umuono Community Assembly, Ngodo,  Nice Village No single INEC officials here. They are yet to arrive. The voters are anxiously waiting for them and complaining.

Update 8:

At Ekwulobia, some voters driving to their polling units were stopped security officials. They were made to alight from their vehicles and walk to the polling unit.

Update 7:

Residents at Nnewi have largely complied with the movement restriction, save for the commercial motorcyclists. At the Polling Unit 007, Okwuezemewi Obiagbo, in Nnewi North, the INEC officials have arrived and commenced identification of party agents.

Update 6:

Voters at Polling unit 002, Enem hall, Otolo in Nnewi north.

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Update 5:

Accreditation has begun at Nnewi ichi, Nnewi. At polling unit 007, there is visible police presence. The officials are calling in voters in batches of 10 to be accredited.

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Update 4:

Awka roads and streets are virtually empty. However, some shops are open. Pockets of People moving apparently going to their polling units.  PREMIUM TIMES is on the busy Onitsha-Enugu Express Way. The security is tight everywhere. Security personnel are patrolling. Soldiers have just apprehended two motorcyclists who are carrying their wares apparently going to trade.

Update 3:

Voters at polling unit 007 in Nnewi-ichi
Voters at polling unit 007 in Nnewi-ichi

 

Update 2:

Rowdiness at Ezi Umunagu Square 1 Ward as some APGA supporters argue among themselves. As a result, accreditation is yet to commence. Some members of the community are helping to set up the table waiting for INEC staff who are yet to arrive.

Update 1:

At Ezi Umuogbu Square Ward 005, Awka, accreditation has commenced. INEC adhoc staff, a youth corps member, Kenneth Nwobu said the exercise started at exactly 8.10 a.m. He said there are 674 registered voters but the ward was given 675 sheet in case of error.

 

 

 


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