Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State has emerged as the Ebonyi South All Progressives Congress (APC) Senatorial candidate in the rescheduled senatorial primary election held in the zone.
panafricreporters gathered that Governor Umahi defeated four other aspirants to clinch the party ticket in the southern zone of the state on Sunday, July 31, 2022.
Umahi scored a total of 250 votes to defeat his closest rival, Chief Austin Umahi who scored 10 votes to come second in the primary election.
The other contestants were Mrs Ann Ago-Eze who scored zero votes, Mrs Nwakaego Chukwu who scored 5 votes and Mrs Ibiam Margaret scored 3 votes.
Announcing the results of the election which took place at the Afikpo North Local Government council Headquarters, the Chairman of the electoral panel, Prof. Adebayo Kehinde declared the Ebonyi State Governor winner of the election.
“I Prof. Kayinde by the powers bestowed on me by the National Working Committee of the Party, I declare as followed, the total number of voters, 285, accredited votes, 270 votes, votes cast, 275, number of valid votes 268 while invalid votes is 7 votes”.
“I do hereby declare Mr David Nweze Umahi having scored the highest votes is hereby the winner of the primary election for Ebonyi South Senatorial zone”.
The election which was held amidst tight security witnessed the presence of policemen, men of the Nigeria Security, Directorate of State Security Service, DSS and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
In his acceptance, speech, the Ebonyi State Governor Chief David Umahi and the winner of the election commended the electoral panel for the peaceful and transparent conduct of the primaries.
He also commended the delegates for the confidence reposed in him and assured them that the All Progressives Congress APC will emerge victorious at the forthcoming general election come 2023.
The State Chairman of the APC, Chief Stanley Okoro Emegha said the peaceful conduct of the exercise was most commended.
He urged the APC faithful to remain peaceful and committed to winning all the elections at all levels.