Former Central Bank Governor, Professor Chukwuma Soludo has emerged as the standard bearer of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA in the November 6 Gubernatorial Election.
Professor Soludo’s emergence came after he polled 740 out of the 792 votes cast in the primary election by statutory and ADHOC delegates, under the watchful eyes of officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
Three other screened and cleared aspirants that contested the APGA Primary election with Professor Soludo are, Chief Okwudili Ezenwankwo, who got 41 votes, Dr. ThankGod Ibe, 4 votes, and Sir Damian Okolo who polled 7 votes.
Total number of accredited votes is 795, while total number of votes cast is 792.
At the Dr. Alex Ekwueme Square, Awka, venue of the accreditation, as early as 8 am, the delegates thronged in and were arranged ward by ward according to their local government areas, afterwhich they were conveyed to Professor Dora Akunuili Women’s Center, Awka, for the Primary election at 12 noon.
The voting proper continued till five pm, at the end of which counting commenced and ended at about 7 pm.
Speaking, the National Vice Chairman of APGA in the South West, Nigeria who was the Chairman of the five man electoral organizing panel, Deacon Samson Olalere, described APGA as a disciplined party, having conducted a peaceful primary election.
While congratulating everyone for good conduct including Governor Willie Obiano, who provided the enabling environment, Deacon Olalere described the process as a family affair.
Speaking to the media shortly after the election, Governor Willie Obiano commended the process as transparent and congratulated Professor Soludo, just as he assured of working with him to ensure that APGA wins the general election come November the 6th.
In his acceptance speech, Professor Soludo said that with the action of the party, he has renewed vigour to pursue the mandate, expressing optimsm that the party will emerge victorious, even as he extended the olive branch to his co-aspirants.