AnambraDecides: Residents troop out to elect next governor

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Residents of Anambra will today decide who will pilot the affairs of the state when outgoing governor Willie Obiano steps down in March 16, 2022.

The state has over 2.5million voters with eighteen candidates vying for the position. It is the only state not governed by either of the two major political parties – All Progressive Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the country.

The All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) has been in charge of the state for over a decade and might extend its grip on the state should it win the guber race going on peacefully as at press time.

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The sit-at-home order of the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) had posed a security threat but the group called off the exercise after the intervention of stakeholders, monarchs and religious leaders from the South-East geo-political zone.

Although there are 18 contestants, the race is largely believed to be between the three candidates of the APC (Andy Uba), PDP (Valentine Ozigbo) and APGA (Chukwuma Soludo).

Accreditation and voting in most polling units (PUs) around the state did not start as at 9am. There are 5,720 PUs in the 21 local government areas of the state but there will be no voting in 86 PUs because according to Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) there are no electorates there yet.

The electoral body is conducting the exercise after several of its facilities in the state and South-East zone were torched by arsonists.

 

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