Opposition political parties have described the victory of Willie Obiano in the Anambra state governorship election as a good sign for the country’s democracy.
The Guardian reports that the Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) commended INEC for maintaining fairness and impartiality during the poll.
Chief Willy Ezugwu, the secretary general of CNPP in a statement urged INEC to sustain the level-playing field it ensured in Anambra state up till 2019 and beyond.
Ezugwu said: “For us, the people have spoken and the voice of the people is loud and clear in Anambra State. We urge the candidates to continue to embrace themselves, even now that the election is over.
“We rejoice with Governor Willie Obiano on his re-election for a second tenure. We urge him to use this opportunity to build lasting bridges and extend a warm hand of fellowship to his brothers and sisters who contested against him.
"This is with a view to harmonising the huge human and material resources in the state maximally in his next four years, in order to do more for Anambra people."
Meanwhile, This Day reports that the victory of the All Progressives Grand Alliance’s (APGA) candidate, Governor Willie Obiano, in the Anambra state governorship election has created a political level playing ground in the country.
The newspaper reports that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) had planned to consolidate its hold in the southwest with a victory in the election but failed to do so as its candidate, Tony Nwoye, trailed second with 98,752 votes.
While the effort by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to expand its dominance in the southeast region by snatching the only APGA controlled state in the region suffered setback.
In a related development, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Anambra poll, Oseloka Obaze, has rejected outcome of the Anambra election.
Vanguard reports that Obaze insisted that the election result did not reflect the will of the people.
He said: “The over voting and inconsistencies between the counted ballots and card reader data remains exceedingly worrisome.
“The uniformity of the incumbent governor wining 21 local governments is a political aberration in the context of Anambra politics.
The Punch reports that Obaze maintained that the poll results had been predetermined.
He said: “It has never happened in Anambra politics that the winner wins 21 local governments. So, we need to look closely at what happened, why the incumbent governor is coming out top consistently.
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“That questions whether the other candidates have no stronghold as individuals and their respective parties. There is a certain dubious consistency that, just on the face of it, is an aberration.”
“INEC has to give an account on why there was over-voting, why there was inconsistency between what was uploaded and what was actually voted. If you have a higher number on the chart and there were no issues where people were fully accredited and left, then how did you have higher figures in the card readers than the voting itself?”
In other news, the federal government has accused banks of working to derail its anti-corruption war, the Nation reports.
The government alleged that the CBN and the banks are opposing effort to ensure strict implementation of the Bank Verification Number (BVN) policy.
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