Governor of Ebonyi State, Engr. David Umahi on Sunday won the Ebonyi South senatorial zone tickets under the All Progressives Congress (AP) for the 2023 election.
Umahi’s victory has put to rest controversies surrounding who is the authentic candidate for the zone.
He defeated Chief Austin Umahi and 3 others to emerge the winner.
Governor Umahi scored a total of 250 votes to defeat his closest rival Chief Austin Umahi who scored 10 votes to come a distant second in the primary election.
Three other women who stood for the Senatorial Primary Election in the zone include, Princess Ann Ago-Eze who scored Zero vote, Nwakaego Chukwu who scored 5 votes while Mrs Ibiam Margaret scored 3 votes.
Announcing the result 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.
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“I Prof Kayinde by the powers bestowed on me by the National Working Committee of the Party, I declare as follows, the total number of voters, 285, accredited votes, 270 votes, votes cast, 275, number of valid votes 268 while invalid votes are 7 votes.
“I do hereby declare that Mr David Nweze Umahi having scored the highest votes is hereby declared 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 on him and assured them that the All Progressives Congress APC will emerge victorious at the forthcoming general election come 2023.