Despite Buhari, Jonathan, APGA’s Obiano wins Anambra election

Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra state
Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra state

The candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Willie Obiano, has won the Anambra governorship election.

Mr. Obiano won in all the 21 local government areas of the state with a total of 234,071 votes.

His victory comes despite two other major candidates enjoying the backing of a sitting president and his predecessor.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday campaigned in Awka for Tony Nwoye, the candidate of his All Progressives Congress, APC. The president was joined in the campaign train by several other governors, lawmakers and ministers of the APC including Governors Rochas Okorocha of Imo and Muhammed Abubakar of Bauchi.

A day after Mr. Buhari campaigned for Mr. Nwoye, his predecessor, ex-President Goodluck Jonathan led about six governors of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to campaign for the party’s candidate, Oseloka Obaze.

However, none of the presidents could convince Anambra voters. Over half of the eventual voters opted for Mr. Obiano.

The Returning Officer for the election, Zana Akpagu, the Vice Chancellor of University of Calabar, after announcing the results declared Mr. Obiano, the incumbent governor, as winner having polled the highest number of votes in the election.

Mr. Akpagu said that a total 448, 771 votes were cast during the election on Saturday. Of the total votes, 422, 314 were valid while 26,457 were rejected.

Mr. Obiano was followed, with a wide margin, by the APC candidate, Tony Nwoye, who polled a total of 98,752 votes.

Mr. Obaze of the PDP emerged third with 70,293 votes while Osita Chidoka of United Progressives Party, UPP, came a distant fourth after garnering 7,903 votes.

In his victory speech, Mr. Obiano asked the losing candidates to join him in administering the state.

The governor called on his co-contestants in the election to see the result as a victory for all Anambra residents. He said the interest of the state is bigger than the contestants’ private ambitions and urged them to join hands with him to build a better place for the people.

Mr. Chidoka, the UPP candidate has already accepted defeat in the election, saying the APGA candidate won because of his financial muscle.


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  • sheikh Messi

    Hmm. So the ‘chieftaincy titles’ those igbos dashed buhari were just to bamboozle him, APC and ngige??
    And the thing even raised their hopes..and that of their e-minions.
    Nawa oo!! What a Greek gift.
    Wonders shall never end!

    • Okokondem

      There was a chorus of insults and disparaging comments yesterday against Igbos in Anambra state who supposedly sold their votes, and souls, for 500 naira and a plate of rice. Turns out they didn’t sell their souls. They however took the money, ate the rice and still voted their conscience, in all 21 local governments. Kudos to Anambra voters, and shame on the trolls disparaging them.

  • Okokondem

    Now that APC lost in Anambra election we wait to see if Buhari’s belated love for Ndigbo is real or fake.

    • Afo

      I think PMB won the heart of Anambrians with the level of support he has received compared to what happened in 2015. The terrible loser is Goodluck Azikiwe Jonathan and his evil PDP. Bravo to Anambrians for keeping their identity in APGA and accepting the reality about the evil PDP.

  • Ango

    The terrorists threat is as empty as their head. Anamberian voted n still alive!

  • Dawood

    This “victory” proves 2 things: 1. This is not the corrupt Jonathan government. To allow a corrupt imposter like Obiano to win ( even after Buhari’s visit to the area) shows that this government is clean. 2. Money talks. The reason these corrupt governors steal so much is so they can “buy” elections like this and pay off judges. This is one example where looting pays. Despite Buhari, we still have problems in this country, and one of the problems is us.

  • GusO

    Well, I’m happy that the votes of Anambrians counted and was not rigged as persistently happened under the PDP administrations. This should augur well for Nigeria knowing that if the polls are not rigged henceforth, the people will be able to get rid of the corrupt ex-governors in the Senate who got their by rigging elections. I’m not from Anambra State but I think Obiano won because he performed as a first term Governor. The people are not willing to risk an unproven politician for a government that is providing services to the people. Congratulations to Obiano and Anambrians that their votes were not in vain.

  • felicia jones

    Please call on MR BUHARI President of Nigeria to pay HYPREP STAFF BEING OWED
    FOR FIVE (5) YEARS .If corruption need to be nipped in the bud, then staff need to be paid as and when due.The Long suffering of these Nigerians is too much and i urge Nigerian Journalists, human rights activists to call on your President to pay these staff and reinstate them in NNPC.

  • zacchaeus Akinleye

    Congratulations Obiano, you prevailed despite the intimidation of APC and PDP.

  • Ijeuwa

    If it were the PDP in power at the centre, they’ll do what they did at Ekiti in 2014, or what they did in Anambra state in 2003.

    • rules_emmanuelO.

      Please, let us hear word! And you expect us to believe APC didn’t do same (or at least try)?
      We are not so quick to forget the game of thrones that happened in Ondo state recently.
      Stop with all the hypocrisy already! Be a good loser for once! Maybe if PMB and APC have not been such a colossal disappointment we could sympathise with you. But the reverse is the case, so go lick your wounds!

      • Ijeuwa

        All the governorship elections that have been annulled by election tribunals in Nigeria so far were the ones “won” by the PDP. If you’ve any contrary fact, present it, or simply shut up.

        • rules_emmanuelO.

          And who was in power in 2013 when Obiano won his first elections?
          Check your old age at the post button before you peddle insults around. I’m not losing sweat on APC/PDP matter, but seriously check it!

          • Ijeuwa

            From 1999 to date all the governorship elections that have been successfully challenged at the tribunals were “won” by the PDP. Dispute that with facts or shut up.

          • rules_emmanuelO.

            And my intentions were never to argue whether they ‘won’ or won. Bye! Take all that paranoia elsewhere, I’m not serving.
            Notice how I’ve replied you without your famed ‘shut ups’. It’s just not the day, and the topic! Bye!
            Really, do check your old age at the post button! Mr. Grandpa Shut up!