THE 2021 Anambra State governorship election, which commenced on Saturday, November 6, was concluded on Tuesday, following the declaration of Professor Chukwuma Charles Soludo of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) as winner of the election after the supplementary election held in Ihiala Local Government Area.
THE election, no doubt, drew the attention of the world to the state as tension, anxiety and expectations rose to the high heavens. This was caused by the general insecurity across the country and of course, the activities of members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPoB) with their threats of ‘no election’ and constant lockdown or sit-at-home orders in the entire Igbo land, as well as the associated mayhem visited on the people to ensure compliance.
AS A matter of fact, no election in Nigeria has witnessed the type of tension the Anambra election generated, yet, it was conducted in the most orderly and peaceful manner, save for few incidents of intimidation, violence and snatching of ballot boxes in few of the polling units.
ACCORDING to some observers, including the electorate, apart from the fact that almost all the political parties engaged in vote buying, the election can be said not only to be free, fair and acceptable to both Nigerians and international observers, but the best election ever conducted in Nigeria.
THE successful conclusion of the election and declaration of the winner have indeed, rekindled the hopes of Nigerians that free and fair elections could still be possible in the country.
We therefore commend the electoral umpire, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), for the mature way the polls were conducted. We thank them most importantly, for not allowing itself as an institution to be used in subverting the will of the people.
THE security agencies are equally commended for their cooperation, civility, fairness and relative neutrality in the conduct of the elections.
Kudos must also be given to President Mohammadu Buhari for not using the state machinery to interfere in the election.
TO THE entire ndi Anambra, particularly those who were brave enough to go out to cast their votes or perform other duties assigned to them during the elections, National Light thanks you for your stance despite all odds.
TO THE winner, Prof Soludo and the entire APGA family, we congratulate you and urge you to ensure that Anambra continues on the progressive path by delivering on all your campaign promises to the people.
AND for those who lost in the election, we urge you to close ranks and join the winner in the task of developing the state since everyone cannot lead at the same time.
ABOVE all, we give glory to God for making us live through this and for making it possible for Anambra to continue to show its light to the entire nation and beyond.