Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo says he is grateful to Ndi Anambra for their massive support that has helped him to emerge as the Governor-elect of Anambra State.
The build up to the polls was marred by violence with sporadic killings by unknown gunmen in most of the cases.
The period also coincided with when factions of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOD) launched a sit-at-home to press for a release of their leader, Nnamdi Kanu, who apprehended in Kenya and incarcerated by the Federal Government for so many charges including treasonable felony.
A combination of these factors threatened the electioneering campaigns including the polls itself.
But, a negotiated suspension of hostilities paved the way for a successful staging of the polls with Soludo coasting home to victory and defeating all 17 other candidates.
Soludo in accepting victory, he said: “with utmost humility and gratitude to God, I accept the results of the 2021 Anambra Governorship election as declared by INEC.
“This reflects the supreme will of the Almighty God, and an overwhelming sacred mandate of the people,’’ Soludo said at his Isuofia residence shortly after Prof. Florence Obi, INEC the Returning Officer for the election announced his victory.
He adds: “for 12 years since the massive clamour by the people of Anambra for us to serve them, we persevered to this Divine moment. This is a divine journey whose time has come. To God be all the glory and adoration!
“We have a very long list of persons whom God used to make this moment a reality. In particular, we thank all members of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), especially our National Leader, Gov. Willie Maduaburochukwu Obiano; our national Chairman, Ozonkpu Victor Ike Oye, members of the Board of Trustees (BOT), The National Executive Committee (NEC), state Executive Council, for availing me the opportunity to fly the APGA flag and the cohesive party support.
“Many thanks to our able Campaign Committee, our first rate legal team, and all other stakeholders who worked tirelessly and informally to see us through.