Monday, December 2, 2013
Anambra: INEC presents Certificate of Return to Obiano
Despite the controversy surrounding Saturday's supplementary election
in Anambra State, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC,
on Monday presented the winner of the election, Willie Obiano of the
All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, with the Certificate of
The certificate was handed over to governor-elect at a brief ceremony
at INEC Office in Awka, by the INEC Commissioner in charge of Anambra,
Kogi and Enugu, Lawrence Nwurukwu.
He will be inaugurated in March 2012 when tenure of the incumbent,
Peter Obi, also of APGA, will expire.
Mr. Obiano was declared winner of the election after the supplementary
poll in Idemili North and Onitsha South Local Government Areas, having
polled 180,178 votes to beat his closest rival, Tony Nwoye of the
Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, who got 97,700 votes.
Chris Ngige of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and Ifeanyi Ubah of
the Labour Party, LP, came third and fourth positions with 95,963 and
37,495 votes, respectively.
Messrs Nwoye, Ngige, and Ubah boycotted the election, alleging
irregularities during the November 16 main election. INEC later
admitted it did not meet the expectations of Nigerians in the conduct
of the election.
Others had also argued that Mr. Obiano should not have participated in
the election because of the allegation of multiple registrations
Mr. Nwurkwu, who the APC accused of being a card-carrying member of
the PDP days before the November 16 election, expressed shock at media
reports, which he claimed created erroneous impression of unrest in
He commended the people of the state for comporting themselves in a
manner which he said made it possible for the Commission to conduct a
very peaceful, free and fair election in the state.
"The people of Anambra State have shown the rest of Nigeria how to
comport themselves during elections," he said.
"Anambra has demonstrated a level of civility that other states would
do well to emulate."
Mr. Obiano, while receiving the certificate said he regarded it
(certificate) as the symbolic call-to-serve.
He commended Mr. Obi for excellent performance since he (Obi) assumed
office, adding that he and his running mate, Nkem Okeke, were aware
that they had come into a great heritage of excellence and would do
their best to preserve it with a superior performance.
He said, "We have evolved a comprehensive plan for the accelerated
development of Anambra State in line with the highly successful model
of governance that the current administration has put in place. We
will ensure that there is no break in the wonderful job and policy
direction that has brought so much joy to our people under Governor
The governor-elect appealed to those who contested the election with
him to join hands with him to build Anambra State, saying "The days of
fighting are over. Work has just started and we need everybody's
prayers, assistance and support to be able to deliver on your
He added "No one must be left out of our calibrated march to
greatness. A state is as great as its people. With the calibre of
human capital in Anambra State, we can and should reclaim our position
as the light of the Nigerian nation."
Mr. Obiano thanked the out-going governor for his unflinching support
throughout the election campaign period.
He also thanked the National Chairman of APGA, Victor Umeh for his
deft handling of the entire campaign operations that eventually handed
victory to the party. Mr. Umeh had earlier commended INEC for doing an
excellent job with the Anambra poll.
Reacting to the claims of the opposition parties on the outcome of the
poll, the APGA national chairman said that it was clear to everyone
that INEC scored at least 95 per cent in the exercise.
"Let's leave 5 per cent as our margin of error. Anambra has 21 local
government areas. At the first ballot, elections were successfully
held in 20 local governments and Idemili North which required a
Supplementary Election is only one local government. If you add it,
you will see that Idemili North is less than 5 per cent of the places
that INEC did a good work," he said.