The fortunes of Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in the Anambra Central Senatorial zone have brightened as its candidate, Mr. Kenechukwu Chukwuemeka has won the Awka South 1 Constituency Seat of the Anambra State House of Assembly.
Chukwuemeka had at the end of the repeat election held on Saturday in select wards of Awka Ward 3 and 4 respectively got 3,401 votes to beat his closet rival, Chief Nweke Chris Ndigwe of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) who polled 3,330 votes, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Kenneth Nwakeze came third with 1,836 votes, while the Accord Party candidate, Chief Richard Ejike Onuora came fourth with 1,526 votes.
It was a keenly contested election in which the contending candidates heavily mobilized their supporters for the electoral battle which was fought under a tensed atmosphere. Tension was high at the Umuogwalu collection centre, as agents and cronies of the different candidates were on full alert to abort any plan by the opponents to rig. The first election held in the area on April 26 was inconclusive following the cancellation of the exercise in Awka wards 3 and 4 by the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) due to some alleged irregularities, on the basis of which some aggrieved candidates petitioned the commission.
This is the first time the ACN is winning the Awka South 1 House of Assembly seat, as over the years the seat had being occupied by the PDP candidates, including Chief Keluo Molokwu and Chief Anayo Nebe, the incumbent Speaker of the House. In a related development, a former Speaker of Anambra State House of Assembly and a key loyalists of Chief Chris Uba, Mrs. Eucharia Azodo, has won the Aguata Federal Constituency seat after defeating both the highly rated incumbent, Chukwuma Umeoji of APGA and other contenders from the ACN and Accord Party among others.