FACT CHECK: Did Mbaka declare that Soludo will not win Anambra 2021 election?

An audio clip of the Spiritual Director of the Adoration Ministry Enugu Nigeria (AMEN), Reverend Father Ejike Mbaka, saying that “the Heavenly Hosts” has rejected Prof. Charles Chukwuma Soludo as Governor of Anambra state has gone viral on Social Media.

The clip generated a lot of controversy with many mocking the priest in the wake of the ongoing Anambra Guber Elections as Soludo has already won 18 LGAs.

However, POLITICS NIGERIA’s findings reveal that the audio tape was from a sermon in 2013, at a time Soludo was up against Willie Obiano.

A Former governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Prof. Soludo, has already secured majority of votes in already announced results by INEC.

He has not yet been officially declared winner due to the suspension of elections in Ihiala Local Government Area. The APGA candidate won in 18 of the 21 local government areas of the state. One local government was won by the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Valentine Ozigbo, while the candidate of the Young Progressives Party (YPP), Ifeanyi Ubah, also won in one local government.

However, the collation officer for Ihiala said at the INEC collation centre that elections did not hold in their local council. While Soludo leads his closest challenger, Ozigbo, with over 52,000 votes, Ihiala local government alone has over 148,000 registered voters.

At exactly 12:15a.m. this morning, the election was thus declared inconclusive to allow for rerun elections in the outstanding local government where elections did not hold.

The election has been rescheduled to hold on Tuesday, November 9.

VERDICT: Fr. Mbaka did not choose any candidate to win in the current Election. Hence, reports that he said that Soludo will not win the ongoing 2021 Anambra Guber elections is FALSE.

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