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Anambra Election: APGA Candidate, Charles Soludo Finally Casts Vote

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After several hours of delay, the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in the ongoing Anambra governorship election, Charles Soludo, has eventually cast his vote.

Naija News reports that the former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) voted around 5:07pm at polling unit 002, Isuofia ward, after the Biometric Voters Accreditation System (BVAS) delay.

Speaking with reporters after voting, Soludo lamented that about eight hundred people are waiting for the issue to be resolved so as to cast their vote.

He said what was at stake is the 17 million people in Anambra whose lives and interests matter and must be made to live in a prosperous and liveable state.

The APGA candidate tasked INEC to improve its technology while asking the police to live up to its responsibility and ensure security is provided until the end of the exercise.

Recall that Soludo had lamented his current inability to vote at his polling unit due to the failure of the BVAS technology.

He said, “800 persons have been here since morning but we are having technical difficulties in this unit. There are also many polling units without INEC officials.

“Two fundamental things are there’s a complete failure of the card reader. It takes 20 minutes sometimes to accredit a voter. I’ve been here for 20 minutes waiting for INEC to fix things.

“We are getting complaints all over the state. By 12:30 voting is yet to start at my polling unit and we haven’t started voting. The experts have failed.

“This raises fundamental questions about technology. I’m shocked about the glitches and the fact that people are not allowed to vote. INEC needs to fix the technology. We’ve not even started and it’s almost 1 pm so what time will the voting stop for the credibility of this process?

“In Ihiala, materials have not even left the local government but I’m calm and will be optimistic.”

Ige Olugbenga is a fine-grained journalist. He loves the smell of a good lead and has a penchant for finding out something nobody else knows.