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“It Is The Will Of God” – Soludo Reacts To His Victory In Anambra Governorship Election

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Anambra State Governor-elect, Charles Chukwuma Soludo has reacted to his victory at the just-concluded governorship election in the state.

"It Is The Will Of God" – Soludo Reacts To Victory In Anambra Governorship Election

KanyiDaily had reported that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Wednesday morning declared Soludo, a candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), as the winner of the Anambra governorship election.

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.

While delivering his acceptance speech shortly after the result was announced, Soludo thanked his family, as well as leaders and members of APGA for their support.

Soludo described his victory as the will of God while urging other candidates to work with him to bring sustainable development to the state.

He also prayed for the repose of the souls of the three police officers and other persons who were killed when he was attacked by gunmen during his campaign.

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Soludo Speaks On His Victory In Anambra Election

He said, “Let me say that with utmost humility and gratitude to God, I accept the result of the Anambra governorship election. This reflects the supreme will of the Almighty God and an overwhelming sacred mandate of the people,” he said.

“For 12 years since the massive clamour by the people of Anambra for us 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.

“The run-up to this election and the election itself tested the resilience and the integrity of our federal institutions. Many times, there were tensions, especially as one party boasted that it must ‘take or conquer Anambra by all means’. Our institutions proved again and again that this country can achieve eminent greatness when our institutions rise to the occasion.

“Aside from the initial hitches from the operations of the BVAS machines in some places, including at my polling unit, the election has been adjudged as the most peaceful, free, fair and credible. There is joy in the land. Kudos to INEC.

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“To my fellow candidates in the election, I wish to congratulate you for the gallant contest. Our people have spoken overwhelmingly and surely, that voice is the voice of God. The ultimate winner is the Anambra people. We are all winners.

“I hereby extend my hand of fellowship to all of you; I need all of you to succeed. Politics aside, we are all brothers. Let’s come together for the project, Anambra. There is enough room for everyone to contribute in the service of our homeland.”

Soludo added that the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) represented a “massive improvement” on the card readers, and urged INEC to do more to improve on the quality of elections.

Meanwhile, APC has called for the cancellation of the Anambra election while accusing APGA of rigging the poll in connivance with “corrupt-minded INEC officials”.

APC warned that “if INEC goes ahead to announce the results, we will definitely challenge the election process in the court of law, up to the Supreme Court.”

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