A serving member of the House of Representatives, Dr Tony Nwoye has clinched the ticket of All Progressives Congress (APC) for the November 18 governorship election in Anambra State.
To emerge as the APC flag-bearer from a keenly contested primary election, Nwoye defeated 11 other contenders including Senator Andy Emmanuel Uba who polled 931 votes.
The result of the primaries was announced by the Chairman of the electoral panel, Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State.
The primary election, held at Dora Akunyili Women Development Centre Awka, commenced on Saturday and lasted till Sunday afternoon.
According to Shetimma, the votes cast by the contestants arranged in alphabetical order are as follows: “Paul chukwuma-110 votes, Madu Nonso-21, Muoghalu George-525, Nwibe Barth-414, Nwike Patrick-24, Nwoye Tony-2146, Chike Obidigbo-22, Okonkwo Donatus-10, Onunkwo Johnbosco-85, Uba Andy-931, Ada Obi-I votes and Uzo Obinna-17.”
The Borno Governor said a total of 4578 delegates took part in the primaries and 4333 votes were cast.
Shetimma said out of the 4333 votes cast, 4302 were okay while 31 were invalid.
He said the total votes cast tallied with the total number of delegates accredited for the exercise, although 4600 ballot papers were marked for the primaries.
Earlier Shetimma admitted that the primary election was a tedious one, but for him and members of his committee, saddled with the responsibility of conducting the exercise, it was the easiest election they have conducted.
He said if you have courage to remain an umbiased umpire like his team did, it becomes easier, stressing that they had no interest to protect during the primary election.
Shetimma praised members of the monitoring team from Abuja who were led by the Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Babafemi Ojudu, the security agencies for the security cover, members of the party from Borno and Kano states who came to assist and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for being with them to witness the exercise.
He also thanked the APC leadership in Anambra State for creating the enabling environment for the exercise, just as he praised the Minister of Labour Chris Ngige, describing him as a man of honour and democrat who agreed to stand with the outcome of the election.