Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, the former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has won all 21 local government areas in Anambra State in the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, governorship primary poll held in Awka on Wednesday for the November 6 election.
The election was organized by the party’s Chief Victor Oye faction, which is backed by the party’s only governor, Chief Willie Obiano of Anambra State.
Soludo received 740 votes out of the total 792 votes cast in the primary election, where he contested with four other candidates: Hon ThankGod Ibe, Hon Okwudili Ezenwankwo, and Barr Damian Okolo.
Okwudili Ezenwankwo, Soludo’s rival, received 41 votes, ThankGod Ibe received 10 votes, and Okolo Damian received seven votes.
Announcing the result at the Prof Dora Akunyili Women’s Development Centre, the Chief returning officer of the party, Mr Olalere, who is the Vice Chairman Southwest of the party said:
“By the power conferred on me as the Chief returning officer of the election, I hereby declare Prof Chukwuma Soludo the duly elected candidate of APGA for the November 6 governorship election.”
Speaking immediately after the declaration, the Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano assured the candidate and member of the party that the party would again win the governorship election in November overwhelmingly as it did in 2017.
“I want to commend the national working committee the state working committee for the peaceful conduct. It is exceptional. Just know that the job has just started and we are going to win 21 over 21 local government areas again as we did in 2017,” he said.
During his acceptance speech, Soludo congratulated the party’s members and accepted the position of candidate, pledging to present his electoral program in August.
According to NEWS DIRECT, five rejected party aspirant, Akachukwu Nwankpo, Nonso Okafor, Carter Dike, Chuma Umeoji, and Ifeanyi Ozoka, skipped the exercise, indicating that they may run in the Jude Okeke faction of the party primary election.