The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has formally declared the incumbent governor of Anambra State, and All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) candidate, Mr. Willie Obiano, the winner of Saturday’s governorship election in the state.
The declaration was made on Sunday in Awka by the Returning Officer of the election, Professor Zana Akpagu.
Akpagu who is the Vice Chancellor of University of Calabar said Obiano polled 234, 071 votes to defeat his closest rival, Mr. Tony Nwoye of All Progressives Congress (APC), who scored 98, 752 votes.
According to him, Mr Oseloka Obaze of the Peoples Democratic Party came third with 70,293 votes.
Obiano defeated 35 others to win the election.
The total valid votes cast at the poll, Akpagu said, was 422,314; total number of rejected votes, 26,457 while the total votes cast was 448,771 votes.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner for the state, Dr Ukwachukwu Orji, who spoke on the conduct of the election said it was commendable that “no bloodshed was recorded.”
He pleaded, however: “Let this election not divide the people of the state but bring you together.”
“We promised free, fair and credible poll and that is what we have fulfilled that,” he said.
He disclosed that Obiano would get his certificate of return from INEC on Wednesday.