Lagosâ€”The Conference of Nigerian Political Parties, CNPP, on Sunday said the result of Saturdayâ€™sÂ Â governorship election in Anambra State reflected the desire of the electorate.
Also, the Afenifere Renewal Group has commended Anambra people for coming out en masse, peacefully to exercise their franchise.
INEC declared the incumbent Governor of the state, Mr Peter Obi of the APGA , winner of the election.
25 candidates, including the immediate past Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Professor Chukwuma Soludo, contested for the governorship seat.
In an interview with newsmen in Lagos, the National Chairman of the CNPP, Chief Maxi Okwu, said the election was free and fair.
â€œThe CNPP is happy that despite initial stumbling blocks, INEC was able to conduct an election that can be adjudged free. INEC has shown that it can make elections in Nigeria work if it desires to do so,â€ Okwu said.
He expressed satisfaction that the election was free and fair in spite of â€œanti-democratic elements, who had planned to scuttle it.â€
Commenting, the National Chairman of the New Nigeria Peoples Party, NNPP, Dr Boniface Aniebonam, urged INEC to address the lapses in the voter register to avoid hitches in the 2011 general elections.
He said the election was peaceful, and that the result showed the true desire of Anambra people.
â€œWe congratulate the people of Anambra for the peaceful election,â€ he added.
Aniebonam urged Obi to run an all-inclusive administration, and to ensure that he appointed into public offices, only those with the interest of the state at heart.
The National Publicity Secretary of the Afenifere Renewal Group, Mr Yinka Odumakin, also hailed the peaceful election, and congratulated Anambra people for the feat.