Prominent political parties on Saturday have won in their respective polling stations in the Anambra governorship election.
The All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA won in Nnewi, defeating son of late Igbo leader, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu, even as he defected to the All Progressives Congress.
According to results from three polling units in primary school, APGA had 261, APC 98, PDP 80.
Emeka-Ojukwu Jnr was not at the polling unit. Also Ojukwu’s widow, Bianca, stated to follow there result to the end.
At Aguluzoigbo in Aniocha LGA, home of the former National Chairman of the Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Chief Victor Umeh, in the votes counted at Uzuanunu polling unit in Aguluzoigbo ward, APGA scored 68, APC 8, PDP 1 and NCP 1.
Umeh said he expects the votes margin to be wider in the rest polling units. “We insist the INEC should maintain what happened here in the day time to also take place at night when the rest of the results will be collected,” Umeh said.
He commended INEC and security agents for maintaining peace, adding that the election went well, except the initial hitch when few card readers malfunctioned but were resolved. At Ekwueme hall polling units of Ukpo, Dunukofia LGA, home of Prince Arthur Eze and the sponsor of the APC Candidate, the APC scored 409 votes, APGA 102 and PDP 15.
Minister for Labour and Productivity, Dr. Chris Ngige in his home, Nkwoide ward 1 consolidated his stronghold with is party, the APC scoring 152, APGA 68 and PDP 22. At the Nneofor hall polling unit in Otolo-Nnewi ward an agent of the APC allegedly attempted to snatch uncounted ballot box which brought about scuffle.
The incident caused commotion as supporters of other political parties resisted the attempt. Security agents on the ground arrested the agent and sent him out of the polling unit.
Former President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Dr Dozie Ikedife whose son is running mate in APC, commended the idea of voting immediately after accreditation. He said it was an improvement in the electoral process, adding that even the IPOB threat did not work much.
Ikedife alleged there were inducements in pockets of areas but gave the election a pass mark. He however demanded that polling booths should be made more secrete that were experienced, noting that some people watched others vote.