President Muhammadu Buhari has been charged to ensure that the Imo State governorship election scenario that led to the emergence of Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress, APC as Governor, does not play out in Anambra State.
Recall that on 14 January, 2020, the Supreme Court declared Uzodinma winner of the 2019 governorship poll in Imo State nullifying the election of Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. to the shock of many Nigerians.
The governorship election came to an end in Anambra State on Tuesday with a supplementary election in Ihiala Local Government Area of the State.
In the early hours of Wednesday 10th November, 2021, Mrs. Florence Obi, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Calabar and the Returning Officer for the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, declared Prof. Charles Soludo, candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, winner of the polls.
While some political analysts and experts believe that the electoral umpire failed to organise a 21st century standard election in Anambra State, others feel that INEC did fairly well, if not for anything carrying on with the polls despite the security challenges in the South East.
More importantly, the All Progressives Congress (APC) Chairman in Anambra State, Mr. Basil Ejidike, had called for the cancelation of the election even when it was yet-to-be-concluded.
“The Anambra election has come and gone but there were progresses and lessons learnt. It was to me the freest and fairest election not to say that there were no challenges. We encountered some difficulties in several polling units while our staff tried to make use of the BVAS especially.
“But we have learnt some lessons and we’ll learn more in the coming elections in 2022 and before the 2023 general elections, we would have perfected this technology, review and balance most polling units where there are irregularities. That’s all I have to say for now.”