…Nwankwo beats Umeh for Central
TONY ORAEKI, AWKA
Wife of the immediate past governor of Anambra State, Dr. Mrs Ebelechukwu Obiano, yesterday defeated her husband’s former Chief of Staff, Mr Primus Odili to emerge the flag bearer of All Progressive Grand Alliance,APGA, for Anambra North.
Mrs Obiano, at the APGA primary held at Chuba Ikpeazu Stadium, Onitsha, Onitsha North Local Government Area, scored 152 votes while her closest rival, Odili got 120.
Other aspirants at the election included the State former Commissioner for Information, Mr Tony Nnacheta (2 votes), and one Mr Onwuteaka Sam Jnr. who equally got 2 votes, out of the 276 total votes cast at the poll.
The Returning Officer for the election, Mr O. Ikenna, who declared Mrs Obiano winner having scored highest numbers of vote casts, commended the contestants and delegates.
Also, the former National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance ,APGA, Senator Victor Umeh Thursday failed to clinch the ticket of the party for the Anambra Central Senatorial zone election.
A member of the House of Representatives, Hon Dozie Nwankwo who represents Dunukofia, Njikoka, Anaocha federal constituency polled 162 votes to beat Umeh who scored 151 votes.
Another contestant in the race, Mr Uzuegbunam Okagbue, former Chief Protocol Officer to Chief Willie Obiano, scored 10 votes to come distant third in the keenly contested primary election.
Mrs Elizabeth Nwokocha, returning officer for the APGA Anambra Central Senatorial zone election who declared the result said: “By the powers conferred on me as the returning officer of this election, I hereby declare Ferdinand Dozie Nwankwo the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance for the Anambra Central Senatorial district election.”
Nwankwo, in reaction to his victory, called on his co-contestants to join hands with him to ensure victory in the main election, saying that his victory is for all.
“I’m happy, I knew God destined a day like this. I thank our governor, Prof Soludo, I thank our national chairman, Chief Victor Oye, the NWC and the various ward chairmen, for their support, which brought about this victory.
“I call on my brothers and co aspirants to join hands with me, as I cannot do it alone. Winning Anambra Central will be a collective responsibility.”