In the early hours of Wednesday, 10th November 2021, the former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo, was declared winner of the Anambra State Gubernatorial Election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
INEC had earlier declared the election inconclusive on Sunday after no votes were cast in Ihiala Council, hence the supplementary election.
After taking a comfortable lead in Saturday’s election, winning 18 of 20 councils declared, Soludo led the poll with 103,946 votes while the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Valentine Ozigbo, had 51,322 votes.
Presenting the final poll result at 1:52a.m. at the State Collation Centre, Awka, INEC Returning Officer and Vice Chancellor of the University of Calabar, Prof Florence Obi, declared Soludo winner of the election after winning Ihiala to take his tally to 19 councils out of 21, while the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Youths Progressives Party (YPP) both have one local government area each. APC failed to win any council in the election.
With the victory, Professor Soludo made history as he became the second CBN Governor to become a governor of a state, taking after the late Clement Isong of the old Cross River State, who in 1979, became a governor, after his stint as CBN Governor.
Contesting on the platform of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Soludo was declared winner following the supplementary election held in Ihiala Local Government Area on Tuesday.