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Anambra guber: Soludo leads as voting continues Sunday

Anthony Iwuoma

Candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Prof Charles Soludo, is reportedly in early lead, with results from several polling units in the Anambra State gubernatorial election.

So far, the results collated from various polling units indicated that the ruling party, APGA, and its candidate has gone ahead of other contenders.

The election has tended to be a three-horse race between Soludo of APGA, Valentine Ozigbo of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and Senator Andy Uba of the All Progressives Congress, APC.

Most wards in Awka North and South, Awka North, Njikoka, Aguata, Anambra West and other local government areas had collated their results, with Soludo taking an early lead in most of the polling units with 26082 votes.

He is being trailed by PDP’s Ozigbo, 14984 and APC’s Uba, 14949.

However, INEC has extended voting to Sunday to accomodate those who could not vote yesterday due to the malfunction of its machines.

The electoral exercise was also reportedly disrupted in some communities, such as Oba 1 and 2 wards, RAs, Idemili South Local Government Area, as election materials for over 57 polling units were allegedly snatched by hoodlums.

Confirming the development on Channels Television Saturday evening, the state Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, Nwachukwu Orji, said: “Part of the report we got regarding our deployment in different polling units — we were not able to finish deployment in some polling units because of several reasons. One of the reasons is, we were prevented by community members in some local government areas from deploying.

“So, we have some resistance in these places. While election materials were snatched and destroyed in some other places. Example is Oba 1 & 2 wards, RAs, Idemili South LGA where materials up to 57 polling units were snatched.”