Two factions of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) held two primary elections simultaneously to produce Mr. Valentine Ozigbo and Senator Ugochukwu Uba as candidates of the party for the November 6 gubernatorial election in the State.
While a faction of the party whose returning Officer is the Deputy Governor of Edo state, Comrade Philip Shaibu accredited delegates at the Prof Dora Akunyili Women’s Development Centre, another faction also held same exercise at the Paul University playground in Awka.
For the faction at Prof Dora Akunyili Women Development Centre, Awka, Mr Valentine Ozigbo polled 62 votes to emerge as the flag bearer of the party, the other faction produced Senator Uba as the party’s flag bearer.
The ABS gathered that the election at Prof Dora Akunyili Women’s Development Centre was for the faction loyal to the former Chairman of the party in the State, Mr Ndubuisi Nwobu.
The faction at Paul University was allegedly said to be led by Chukwudi Umeaba.
At Women Development Centre, after accreditation which was done according to local government areas, a total of 218 were delegates accredited.
Recall that before the election, Former Lawmaker, Mr. Tony Nwoye, Sir Emeka Etiaba, Mr. Johnny Mmaduafokwa and Chuma Nzeribe pulled out of the race citing different reasons.
At the end of the election at Women Development Centre, Obiora Okonkwo had 58, Senator Uche Ekwunife polled 44 votes, Mr. Wiston Udeh Ndubueze scored 12 votes, Engineer Chris Azubuogu had 10 votes while Dr. Godwin Mmaduka was left with 5 votes.
Other aspirants: Mrs. Genevieve Ekwochi polled 3 votes, Lady Chidi Onyemelukwe had 2 votes, while Mr Walter Okeke had 2 votes.
Three invalid votes were recorded.
* Credit: Anambra Broadcasting Service (ABS)