- The Peoples Democratic party has cleared three senators ahead of the 2019 general election
- The senators cleared for the PDP tickets are Ennyinnaya Abaribe, Mao Ohuabunwa and Theodore Orji
- The senators will be contesting to return to the 9th Senate in 2019
Three Abia senators on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday, October 2, clinched the tickets of the party for the 2019 general elections in the state.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that while Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, representing Abia South, went through the crucible of a keenly contested race to grab his ticket, his counterparts from Abia North and Abia Central, Senators Mao Ohuabunwa and Theodore Orji, literally got theirs without stress.
Abaribe, who seeks to return to the upper chamber for the fourth tenure, polled 413 votes to defeat three other contestants.
The contestants included the commissioner for education, Prof. Ikechi Mgboji; a former state lawmaker, Chief Emeka Stanley; and Chief Solomon Ogunji, an aide to Governor Okezie Ikpeazu.
NAN reports that Orji, popularly called Ochendo, and Ohuabunwa, also known as “Follow better’, who are seeking a second term, polled 489 and 741 votes, respectively.
The two senators were sole aspirants of PDP in their respective senatorial districts.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previous reported that the All Progressives Congress (APC) had cleared Orji Uzor Kalu, a former governor of Abia state, to contest the party’s senatorial primary to represent Abia North at the National Assembly, ahead of the 2019 general election.
Yekini Nabena, acting national publicity secretary of the party confirmed this in a statement on Tuesday evening, October 2.
Kalu's clearance by the ruling party followed 11-year-long prosecution of the former governor by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for alleged fraud totalling N7.1 billion.
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