- Chief Ikechi Emenike has emerged as the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abia state
- The primary election was held in all the 184 wards in the 17 local governments across the state
- Emenike pulled 274,133 votes to defeat six other aspirants
On Monday, October 1, Chief Ikechi Emenike returned as the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abia state following the conclusion of the gubernatorial primary election held in all the 184 wards in the 17 local governments across the state, The Nation reports.
Professor Okezie Abarukwu, the chief returning officer, who announced the results at a media conference in Umuahia said that Emenike pulled 274,133 votes to defeat six other aspirants, including Chris, Akoma, Friday Nwosu, Martin Azubuike, Uche Ogah, Okey Emuchay and Paul ikonne.
A parallel governorship election was expected to be held in Abia as the APC has two factions.
But while the faction led by Dr Emmanuel Ndukwe concluded their primary poll the other faction headed by Hon Donatus Nwankpa were yet to get their acts together as at press time.
The Nwankpa faction was embroiled in disputes over the authentic party register to use as well as the inability of the five aspirants from Ukwa/Ngwa zone to arrive at a consensus on who among them should be presented to face the aspirants from other zones.
The chief returning officer Engr Chris Okpechi announcing the result of the presidential primary held on Friday, September 28, 2018, said that the president received a total of 272, 259 yes votes in affirmation of his candidacy.
He said that party members participated in the primary election in all the 184 electoral wards across the 17 local governments of Abia, adding that the exercise was hitch free.
The Nwankpa led APC which did not hold any presidential primary announced that Buhari received a total of 455,656 votes in all the local governments, Ndukwe faction of APC fully mobilized their members to participate in the exercise and was able to produce factual figures.
President Muhammadu Buhari is the only aspirant in the presidential primary as no other aspirant picked the nomination form to challenge him for the presidential ticket of APC in the forthcoming 2019 general election.
Legit.ng previously reported that Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state has emerged as the governorship candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) with 2,740,847 votes.
Ganduje, unopposed in the exercise, was declared as the candidate of the party by the chief returning officer of the just concluded primary poll, Pius Odudu, Daily Trust reports.
Expressing his satisfaction with the election result, the governor commended the peaceful conduct of the election and party members for their support for his re-election ambition.
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