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Anambra election: Soludo dedicates victory to policemen killed by gunmen during town hall meeting


Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, the former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria and candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, has dedicated his victory in the 2021 Anambra Governorship Election to three policemen killed when he was attacked by gunmen in his hometown of Isuofia in the Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State in April 2021 during a town hall meeting.

He spoke during an acceptance speech shortly after he was declared winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission on Wednesday morning.

He described the election as a reflection of the people's will, promised to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people of the state while also reaching out to his rivals in the race.

"Let me say with utmost humility and gratitude to God, I accept the results of the 2021 Anambra Governorship Election as declared by INEC. 

"And this reflects the supreme will of the Almighty God and an overwhelming sacred mandate of the people…This is a divine journey whose time has come.

"At this moment we must remember and must continue to remember all those who died during the course of this moment, especially the three policemen who were killed by unknown gunmen during our town hall meeting with youths in my ward. May God continue to grant their soul eternal rest," he said.

Soludo thanked the judiciary for standing firm in the face of adversity, including legal battles and intra-party squabbles, on his way to victory.

"The election itself tested the integrity of our federal institutions. Many times there were tensions, especially as one party boasted that it must take or ‘conquer’ but the judiciary stood for the integrity of the judiciary," he said.

The Returning Officer of the Anambra Governorship Election, Prof Florence Obi, announced the result on Wednesday morning at the INEC office in Awka, Anambra State, read here.

After the two-term tenure of the incumbent governor, Willie Obiano, who is also a member of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, expires in March, Soludo is expected to be sworn in.


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