After one week of political horse – trading, the immediate past Chief of Staff to the Governor of Imo State, Uche Nwosu, has been declared the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the state.
This is coming after the National Working Committee of the APC had cancelled the earlier primary which produced two aspirants, Senator Hope Uzodinma and Nwosu, as candidates and ordered for a rescheduled primary on Saturday.
Announcing the results of the rescheduled primary at the APC Secretariat in Owerri in the early hours of Sunday, the chairman of the electoral panel, Ibrahim Agbabiaka, said Nwosu polled a total of 269, 524 votes to defeat eight other aspirants.
He said the primary held in the 305 Independent National Electoral Commission ’s wards across the state.
He said Uzodinma got 2, 729 votes; the Deputy Governor of the state, Eze Madumere, 2,646; Jude Ejiogu, 3,656; and Chris Nlemoha, 925 votes.
Agbabiaka added that Peter Gbujie polled 4, 855 votes, George Eche, 2,445; Chima Anozie, 3,248; and Chuks Ololo, 6,428.
Agbabiaka said, “With the powers vested in me as the state returning officer, I hereby declare Uche Nwosu, as the winner of the 2018 governorship primary in Imo state for the 2019 general election .”
The electoral panel also declared the Governor of the state, Rochas Okorocha, the winner of the Imo West senatorial primary.
The panel announced that Okorocha polled 141,117 votes to defeat Uzodinma and Osita IIzunaso, who garnered 1359 and 24 votes respectively.
They also announced the immediate past Commissioner for Information in the state, Prof Nnamdi Obiaraeri, as the winner of the Imo North senatorial primary.
The panel disclosed that the professor of law got 67,438 votes to defeat the incumbent senator from the zone, Benjamin Uwajumogu, who got 5 ,743 votes.
Emma Ojinere was declared the winner of Imo East senatorial primary having scored a total of 41,562 votes as against Chima Anthony who got 337,815 votes and Max Igwe, 275 votes.
Nwosu, in his speech, shortly after he was declared the winner, noted that he would immediately commence the process of reconciling with all the aspirants who lost out to him in the primary.
Uzodinma and five other aspirants, Madumere, Gbujie, Nlemoha, Eche, and Ejiogu had on Saturday announced that they would not be taking part in the rescheduled primary, saying that they were sticking to one of the results of the first contentious primary which was cancelled by NWC.