The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the yet-to-be concluded Anambra governorship election, has expressed optimism that he can still emerge victorious in the exercise.
The Independent National Electoral (INEC) had declared the election inconclusive on the grounds that election did not hold in Ihiala Local Government Area of the state and a few other places where the exercise was canceled.
INEC has scheduled Tuesday, 9th November for the conduct of the election in Ihiala after which the election can be concluded.
Our Correspondent reported that the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Professor Chukwuma Soludo has the highest votes in the election, having secure victory in 18 of the 20 LGAs where election held while PDP and Young Democratic Party, YPP won in one LGA each.
Addressing newsmen on the eve of the supplementary poll, Ozigbo who’s currently trailing Soludo’s APGA by over 45,000 margin said the election battle is not yet over.
According to him, there over 248,000 votes at stake in Ihiala and other places where election did not take place.
Ihiala has 148,407 voters and this is the only place the electoral body said election didn’t hold.
In his address, Ozigbo who won in only Ogbaru local government, appealed to the people of Ihiala to come out en masse and vote for PDP.
He lamented the impact of vote buying which he described as a major issue in the polity.
Ozigbo said as a party without the control of public funds, PDP could not have bought votes.
The PDP candidate asked INEC to conduct election in all the areas where people did not vote.
He said in many places, people came out in large number but were denied the opportunity to participate in the process.
However, he said he was only concerned with the complementary election at the moment, adding that he would decide on next line of action after the election.