Anambra Guber: Election Still Winable For PDP… Ozigbo
Mr Valentine Ozigbo, candidate of the People Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2021 governorship election in Anambra has said that the contest is not over.
Ozigbo who spoke at a news conference in Awka on Monday said he can still win the contest.
He said was hopeful the PDP would close the gap if electoral officials and materials were effectively deployed on time for the supplementary election in Ihiala Local Government Area on Nov. 9.
Ozigbo said the Anambra election would continue beyond Tuesday provided the margin of lead was less than the number of registered voters in places where there was proof that elections did not hold.
He said apart from Ihiala which had over 148, 000, there were places which the party had proven evidence that there were no elections with over 100,000 registered voters.
He said Ihiala alone could upturn the result with the level of awareness and going on adding that INEC must ensure that voters do not encounter the frustration they had on Saturday again by making sure that proper deployment was made and machines were functional.
According to him, I want reiterate that I joined this race two years ago because I was not comfortable with the status quo and believe that Anambra, indeed Nigeria deserve the best
“I want to assure the good people of Anambra that the election is not over, it is still winable for us, the PDP.
“The over 248,000 votes in Ihiala tomorrow and other places is enough to change the situation, I call on our people to remain hopeful and make it possible by coming out to vote.
“There was no low turnout of voters on Saturday, what we had was technology induced challenges which denied many people the opportunity to vote.
“While we commend INEC for their effort to improve the electoral process with technology, we want to acknowledge the imperfection that marred the exercise, it was a big experiment we did not deserve,” he said.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Sunday night suspended the Anambra election after releasing results of 20 out of the 21 local Government Area except Ihiala.
According to INEC, the top parties and their score were, All Progressives Grand Alliance-103,946, PDP- 51,322, All Progressives Congress- 42,942 and Young Progressives Party- 20,917