2023 Elections

Presidential Polls: INEC To Conduct Elections Anambra Despite Insecurity

Dr. Queen Agwu, the Anambra State Resident Electoral Commission, has disclosed that the presidential and national assembly polls will be held in all the 5,720 polling units in the 21 local government areas of the state despite the insecurity ravaging the state.

Agwu also stated that out of the 2.5 million people registered to vote, only 5,000 people did not pick up their permanent voter cards.

She stated these on Friday during a press conference, adding that sensitise and non-sensitive materials have arrived in the 21 local government areas except six polling units with zero registration.

She also assured of the commission’s readiness for the conduct of the 2023 general elections in the state, insisting that insecurity is not going to be an issue.

According to her, enough security operatives have been deployed in all the local governments and are poised to action.

She said, “Election will be held in all the local government areas of Anambra State, despite insecurity.

“We have deployed staff in all polling units in the state. We have a lot of security personnel in the state and we are conducting elections in all the polling units in the state.

“We don’t want to disenfranchise anybody in the state. The commission has fully deployed materials in all the 21 local government councils in the state and it is prepared for the peaceful conduct of the elections.

2023 Elections

Anambra Party Chairmen, Journalists Kick Over Electoral Material Inspection

Various party chairmen and journalists have complained about election materials inspection.

The chairmen and journalists, who were at the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Awka, on Thursday, were left stranded as the state Resident Electoral Commission, Dr Queen Agwu, refused to attend to their enquiries.

The party chairmen and the media men had wanted to observe the movement of electoral materials from the Central Bank of Nigeria, Awka, but were shut out.

The party chairmen and party agents who were spotted around 8 pm at the CBN office alleged that INEC loaded voting materials into trucks without them having the serial numbers for documentation.

Speaking to journalists, the state chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Ndubisi Nwobu, described the attitude of the INEC officials as “very disappointing”, adding that the party agents wanted to know the details of the voting materials so they could communicate to their party officials to cross-check them when they arrive.

“We want to believe that the materials will not leave this night. We are hoping that by tomorrow morning, INEC will avail them of the serial number of the materials before leaving CBN,” Nwobu stated.

He, however, said they saw some of the INEC officials though it appeared they were very busy.

“We are hoping that tomorrow morning before the materials leave CBN, INEC officials will avail us with the serial numbers of various local government councils. It is already 8 pm,” he said.

The state chairman of Young Progressive Party, Prince Moses Obi, on his part, said they were surprised that INEC ignored them while loading the voting materials.

Obi said, “We were here to inspect the arrival and the leaving of INEC voting materials from the CBN for the Saturday elections. I am not happy with the process they adopted. INEC needs to avail us of the details of the serial numbers of materials to local government councils.”

Meanwhile, journalists who went to cover the distribution of the materials did not have access to the REC.

Less than 24 hours to the general elections, INEC in Anambra is yet to accredit journalists for the election.

The journalists who have been visiting the INEC office in Awka since Wednesday said that the commission kept giving excuses over their failure to distribute the accreditation tags.

The PUNCH observed that the Anambra INEC Public Relations Officer, Kingsley Agwu, and other officials of the commission have remained unperturbed as they kept tossing journalists around.

It was also observed that when the journalists visited the INEC office on Tuesday for the accreditation, they were told to check back on Wednesday (the following day).

A journalist who doesn’t want his name in print said, “It was the same story that was given again when we visited on Wednesday. We were told to check back on Thursday.

“None of the INEC officials offered cogent reasons. The PRO only told us that tags have not come and that they will soon come and until now we have not gotten any.”

However, journalists who gathered at the commission on Thursday for the tags left disappointed and angry as they were told that the accreditation tags were not ready.

Our correspondent gathered that journalists in other states have all been accredited and gotten their tags.


Fire Guts 17 Shops In Anambra Market

Over 17 shops were razed as fire gutted Timber Market, Umuokpu, Awka, Anambra State, on Tuesday.

Although there was no loss of life, it was gathered that the fire started at about 10:16 pm and burnt till the men of the state firefighters came to the scene.

The cause of the fire could not be ascertained, but eyewitnesses and victims of the fire said the inferno destroyed multi-million naira worth of goods.

Confirming the incident, the state fire service chief, Martin Agbili, said his personnel fought the fire to a standstill and prevented it from escalating further.

He said, “At about 10.16 pm on Tuesday, the Anambra State Fire Service, received a distress call of a heavy fire outbreak at Timber Market, Umuokpu Awka.

“Immediately, we deployed our fire truck and brave firefighters to the fire scene. The heavy fire was later fought to a standstill.

“The cause of the fire is unknown and no life was lost. About 17 shops were badly affected but we were able to control the fire from spreading to many other shops.

“Time of withdrawal from the fire scene was 01.06 am. We are still at the peak of harmattan, please avoid anything which can cause a fire outbreak. Always remember that time of the fire call, will determine the time of response to the fire incident.”

Social Commentary & World Business

Inec suspends collation and declaration of Anambra election result

INEC’s Chief Returning Officer for the election, Professor Florence Obi declared that collation of election and announcement of results from Anambra state elections have been suspended.


According to reports, people waited till around 12.15am on Monday November 8th for the results to be called out when Professor Florence Obi made the announcement, she stated that results will be announced only after a supplementary election has been conducted in Ihala local government which is the only local government where people have not voted.

She said: “The outstanding results are for Ihiala Local Government Area where for various reasons, the commission could not deploy materials yesterday (Saturday).Consequently, based on Constitutional considerations and provisions of the Electoral Act, as well as revised regulations and guidelines for the conduct of election issued by the commission, a supplementary election is indicated for Ihiala Local Government Area.”

Charles Soludo of APGA won from the other 18 local governments where people voted and people will vote in Ihala local government Anambra on Tuesday 9th 2021.