The ruling All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, in Anambra State has won 20 chairmanship seats out of 21 in Saturday’s local government elections in the state.
The acting chairman of the Anambra State Independent Electoral Commission, ANSIEC, Sylvester Okonkwo, announced the results in Awka on Sunday.
Okonkwo said elections were not conducted in Nnewi North local government area due to the late arrival of materials.
He said it was unanimously agreed by parties that the election be conducted on January 18.
He said that APGA won a total of 304 councillorship seats out of the 327 in the state, while the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, followed with 12 councillorship seats. The Progressives Peoples Alliance, PPA, and United Progressives Party, UPP, secured one councillorship seat each.
Okonkwo commended the people of the state for eschewing violence before, during and after the polls, even as he said there was a report of interception of a vehicle conveying election materials.
He urged those who disagree with the outcome of the election to seek redress in court.
The chairman recalled that local council election was last conducted in the state in 1998 while attempts to conduct the poll before Saturday had met brick walls.
He noted that attempts were made in December 1998, December 4, 2004, February 2005, November 2011, October 5, 2013, December 14, 2013 and December 21, 2013 before it was finally conducted on January 11.
In his reaction, the chairman of APGA in the state, Mike Kwentor, ascribed the party’s victory to the infrastructural development of the state by governor Peter Obi.
Kwentor said the party was not bothered by the postponement of the election in Nnewi North, boasting that the party will win the election when conducted.
“That other political parties got pockets of victories show that there is democracy in Anambra,” he said.