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Soludo, APGA candidate in early lead in Anambra polls

… Wins 7 local governments as voting continues today.

The All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA has maintained an easy in seven local governments so far concluded and announced by INEC. They are;
Anambra East LGA
APGA — 9746
APC — 2034
PDP — 1380
YPP — 559

Anaocha LGA
APGA — 6925
PDP — 5025
APC — 2085

Awka South LGA
APGA — 12891
APC — 2595
PDP — 5496
YPP — 919

Ayamelum LGA
APGA — 3424
PDP — 2804
APC — 2409

Dunukofia LGA
APGA — 4124
APC — 1991
PDP — 1690
YPP — 1360

Onitsha North LGA
APGA — 5587
APC — 3909
PDP — 3781
YPP — 682

Onitsha South LGA
APGA — 4281
APC — 2050
PDP — 2253
YPP — 271

Njikoka LGA
APGA — 8798
APC — 3216
PDP — 3404

The results are accessible on the INEC results platform through the electronic transmission system.

Meanwhile, three top contenders in the yet-to-be concluded Anambra State governorship election, which commenced yesterday Saturday, have won in their respective polling units.

This was before the announcement by the Independent National Electoral Commission that voting would continue today, Sunday.

The extension was not unconnected to malfunctioning of the deployed Bimodal Voter Accreditation System, which disrupted accreditation and voting in some areas.

The top contenders were the candidates of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Chukwuma Soludo; All Progressives Congress, Andy Uba; and Peoples Democratic Party, Valentine Ozigbo.

Meanwhile, Governor Willie Obiano and his Deputy, Dr. Nkem Okeke, hailed the process, describing it as transparent.

The governor, who has cast his ballot at Eri Primary School, Unit 004, Otuocha 1, Aguleri, Anambra East LGA of the state said, “I appeal to Ndi Anambra to come out and vote as the voting exercise would last for only a few hours. I commend the voting process, it was easy. I am optimistic that the entire exercise would be free and fair across the state.”

Why I displayed my ballot paper — Deputy gov
The deputy governor, who had dumped APGA for the APC weeks before the election, displayed his ballot paper to other voters before dropping it in the ballot box.

Okeke, who voted at Ward 3, polling unit 005, Umueze Awozu, Enugwu-Ukwu, said he did so to dispel rumours he had returned to APGA. He commended INEC for the new technology it deployed for the exercise.

He stated, “I had to reveal my ballot paper because there have been rumours that I had defected back to APGA, which is not true. You just saw that I voted for my party, the APC,” he added.

“I’m impressed with the turnout. The process was transparent. Credit should be given to the Federal Government for providing the enabling environment. The presence of the security personnel gave the people courage to come out to vote.

“This is the easiest voting experience I have ever had; the process is unified. In previous elections, I had issues with fingerprints, but this was different.”