President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo on his victory in the Anambra State gubernatorial election, adding he looks forward to working with him.
The President also urged the governor-elect, who serves on the President’s Economic Advisory Committee, to gather other players to address the significant issues facing the state and the Southeast in general.
This was said in a statement signed by Femi Adesina, his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity.
“President Buhari enjoins Prof. Soludo, member of the Presidential Economic Advisory Committee, to rally other stakeholders to tackle the enormous challenges confronting the State and the Southeast in general.
“The President looks forward to working with the incoming governor for the peace, security and development of not only Anambra State, but the entire country,” the statement read in part.
President Buhari also complimented the security agencies for their commitment to ensuring that the election ran as smoothly as possible, as well as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for successfully completing the exercise despite the initial obstacles experienced.
The 61-year-old former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria won with 112,229 votes from 19 of the 21 LGAs, more than twice as many as his closest challenger, PDP’s Valentine Ozigbo.
Ozigbo received 53,807 votes, while the other two frontrunners, Andy Uba and Ifeanyi Ubah, received 43,285 and 21,261 votes, respectively.
Announcing the result of the keenly contested election in the wee hours of Wednesday, INEC’s Chief Returning Officer for the poll, Professor Florence Obi, said: “that Charles Chukwuma Soludo of APGA, having satisfied the requirements of the law is hereby declared the winner and is returned elected”.