Anambra State Governor-elect, and candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Prof. Charles Chukwuma Soludo has said that his victory at the just concluded election is the will of God. Soludo made the remark during his victory speech in his hometown of Isuofia, Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State, shortly after he was declared winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Vice Chancellor, University of Calabar (UNICAL) and Returning Officer, Anambra governorship election, Prof Florence Obi, announced the result on Wednesday morning. The APGA candidate secured 112,229 votes to defeat his two major rivals, Valentine Ozigbo of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), who got 53,807 votes, and Andy Uba of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who secured 43,285 votes. Ifeanyi Ubah of the Young Progressives Party (YPP) came next with 21,261 votes.
Reacting to the development, the former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor said: “With utmost humility and gratitude to God, I accept the results of the 2021 Anambra governorship election, as declared by INEC. “This reflects the supreme will of the Almighty God as an overwhelming sacred mandate of the people “When we received the massive clamour by the people of Anambra to serve them, we persevered till this divine moment. “This is a divine journey whose time has come. To God be all the glory and adoration.” He thanked Governor Willie Obiano, leaders and members of his party for their support. Consoling the zealous electorate, he said: “Never mind that all of you could not vote, the limited number that voted represents the wish of the people. “We are humbled by the massive support of stakeholders in Nigeria, across the entire country.” He acknowledged his family for their unflinching support, while promising to work hard every day never to disappoint. Also honouring the memory of those who died in the runoff to the election, he said, “At this moment, we must remember all those who died in the course of this movement, especially the three policemen who were killed by unknown gunmen during our town hall meeting. “May God continue to grant their souls eternal rest.” He also called for support for Gov. Obiano to “finish very strong.