I’m sure of victory, says Obaze I’m sure of victory, says Obaze
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate Oseloka Henry Obaze has cast his vote. He arrived at his poling unit in Ochuche Umuodi in Ogbaru Local... I’m sure of victory, says Obaze

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate Oseloka Henry Obaze has cast his vote.

He arrived at his poling unit in Ochuche Umuodi in Ogbaru Local Government Area (LGA) at 1.32pm.

He was immediately accredited without hitches and cast his vote at about 1.40pm.

He said he was confident of winning the election after casting his ballot at Unit 001, Central School, Ochuche Omuodo in Ogbaru.

“I ran hard for this campaign. I ran hard to win. I’m confident that if our people have voted and there are no tampering with the process and there are no illegalities in the balloting and coalition, at the end of the day we’re confident of winning this election,” he said after voting.

Shouts of “OHO!!!”  “OHO!!!”, the initials of his name, rent the air as his supporters welcomed him to the unit.

Some called him “our governor” as accompanied by wife, he smiled and waved to the villagers, observers and journalists.

Before his arrival, there were doubts as to whether he would not vote as information filtered in that other candidates had voted.

Journalists had been waiting for his arrival since 10am.

He said: “I chose to vote towards the end rather voting early. I’ve been busy monitoring the situation in the state. There seems to be a low voter turnout. I don’t know why.

“You can explain low voter turnout in the city because people might have travelled to their villages to vote. But in the villages I can’t explain the low turnout.

“I heard that in Okpoko and Umudim in Nnewi there were no voting going on. By and large the feedback I get is that everything has been peaceful which is very gratifying.”

Obaze said he heard about allegations of multiple thumb printing Okacha and Amaobia, but that reports were being compiled.

He said he would come to a conclusion about the election’s credibility when he gets reports of both local and international observers and party agents.

“I have always said federal agencies have a responsibility to meet their obligation. I’m not questioning anybody yet. I know the ruling party will be inclined to see that their candidate wins, but I cannot derogate the Federal Government to say they are biased,” he said.

Nurudeen Adegbenro