Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, a former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has won the All Progressives Grand Alliance governorship primaries (APGA).
On Wednesday, Soludo won all 21 of the state’s local government areas in Awka.
The election was held by the party’s Chief Victor Oye faction, which also has the support of the party’s sole governor, Chief Willie Obiano.
Soludo ran against three other candidates: Hon ThankGod Ibe, Hon Okwudili Ezenwankwo, and Barr Damian Okolo.
He gained 740 votes out of a total of 792 cast in the election.
Okwudili Ezenwankwo, Soludo’s challenger, earned 41 votes, ThankGod Ibe got 10 votes, and Okolo Damian received seven votes.
The party’s Chief Returning Officer, Mr Olalere, who is also the Vice Chairman Southwest, published the results at the Prof Dora Akunyili Women’s Development Centre: “By the authority bestowed upon me as Chief Returning Officer, I hereby declare Prof Chukwuma Soludo the duly elected candidate of the APGA for the November 6 governorship election.”
Speaking immediately after the declaration, Anambra State Governor Chief Willie Obiano assured the candidate and party members that the party would win the governorship election again in November.
“I would like to commend the national working committee and the state working committee on their peaceful conduct. It’s outstanding. Just know that the work has only just begun, and we will win 21 out of 21 local government areas again, as we did in 2017.”
During his acceptance speech, Soludo thanked the party’s members while also accepting to be the party’s candidate, promising to unveil himself soon.
Five party aspirants, Akachukwu Nwankpo, Nonso Okafor, Carter Dike, Chuma Umeoji, and Ifeanyi Ozoka, who were disqualified weeks ago, boycotted the exercise, indicating that they may participate in the Jude Okeke faction of the party primary election.