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PDP’s Ozigbo concedes defeat to Soludo in Anambra governorship election

The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP0 in the just concluded Anambra governorship election, Valentine Ozigbo, on Wednesday, conceded defeat and congratulated the winner and candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) Chukwuma Soludo. Soludo won with 112,229 votes beating Ozigbo, who polled 53,807 votes, and Andy Uba of the All Progressives Congress…

The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP0 in the just concluded Anambra governorship election, Valentine Ozigbo, on Wednesday, conceded defeat and congratulated the winner and candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) Chukwuma Soludo.

Soludo won with 112,229 votes beating Ozigbo, who polled 53,807 votes, and Andy Uba of the All Progressives Congress who got 43,285 votes. Ifeanyi Ubah of the Young Progressive Party polled 21,261 votes came fourth, according to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Ozigbo said he “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.”

The PDP candidate, however, alleged that the election was fraught with many shortcomings, adding that the Independent National Electoral Commission presented poorly trained staff “who could not operate the voting machines in many places.”

“This election was fraught with a lot of shortcomings on the part of various government institutions,” Ozigbo said.

Ozigbo said the “security agencies failed to provide a peaceful environment for campaigns to hold. On election day, they were absent from many polling centres leading to elections not holding or held in situations that allowed for chaos and fraud.”

Ozigbo insisted INEC “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.”