Mixed reactions have continued to trail the ongoing 2021 Anambra state governorship election. Collation of results is already underway, and the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo, have won 10 out of the 11 local governments that have officially been declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) (source: Daily Trust).
Arguably, this has seen many people believe that the former Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), is on the brink of emerging as the next Executive Governor of Anambra State in the next couple of hours. However, a recent report by the Vanguard Newspaper has suggested that the APGA’s candidate may have to wait until November 13, 2021, before it would be official that he has won the election or not.
As obtained from the report, the INEC has suspended election in Ihiala local government area of the state due to some irregularities. Arguably, this new development could be a game changer in the course of the 2021 Anambra state governorship election. Recall that in the past, we have had cases where elections were suspended in one or two local governments of a state, and the supplementary election was all that was needed for the party trailing behind, to overturn the lead and win the election.
A typical example of this is the case of the 2019 Kano state governorship election, where Governor Ganduje of the APC, came from behind, to defeat the PDP’s Abba Yusuf (source: Premium Times). With the possibility of a trailing candidate to record a landslide victory during supplementary election, just like we have witnessed in the past, it can be argued that the supplementary election scheduled to hold in Ihiala local government on the 13th of November, 2021, could see another candidate take the lead in Anambra.
This is due to the fact that more eligible voters could turn out, and the local government may as well favour a particular candidate other than the one that was leading after the first day of election. With this in mind, one may not be wrong to think that perhaps, a lot could change after the Ihiala supplementary election.
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