Senator, Andy Uba, has emerged as the winner of the Anambra governorship primary of the All Progressives Congress held Saturday.
Senator Uba defeated 13 others aspirants to emerge as the APC governorship candidate with 230,201 votes while his closest rival, Johnbosco Onunkwo polled a total of 28,746 votes.
The chairman of the Anambra APC primary election panel and governor of Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun, announced the outcome of the poll at Golden Tulip Hotel, Agulu Lake, Awka, early on Sunday.
His emergence was however trailed by protest from minister of labour and employment, Sen. Chris Ngige and other aspirants.
Ngige had earlier on Saturday called for the postponement of the party’s primary for the Anambra State Governorship election to Tuesday
The Minister claimed the postponement is overly important to enable party members across the state to participate as well as give enough room to the Committee Members to resolve contentious issues raised by aspirants.
A statement issued by Senator Chris Ngige Media Office at Alor, Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra State, said the Minister who is also the leader of the Party in the State, has already made his position known to the chairman of the Primary Committee for the Anambra State Governorship election and the Governor of Ogun state, Prince Dapo Abiodun.
Quoting Senator Ngige, the statement said, “ Your Excellency, Prince Dapo Abiodun, the Chairman of the Anambra State Primary Committee, good day. As I write you now, 4.25pm, Saturday, 26th June, I’m in my home town, Alor with 2 electoral wards and there is no sign of any governorship primary election. My inquiries and investigation show that the story is the same all around the 326 wards of the 21 local government areas in the state .
“As a result, most party members have left for home, having waited since 8am. I discussed with your member, Distinguished Senator Ken Nnamani and I’ll advise you call the Panel Members to shift the exercise to Tuesday, June 29th to also enable you tidy up some issues raised by aspirants.”
Also, 11 of the 14 governorship aspirants of the party had also on Saturday said the governorship primary did not hold.
George Moghalu, the spokesperson for the aspirants, made the position of the group known in a press conference in Awka the Anambra State capital.
Mr Moghalu said in all the 326 electoral wards of the state, people came out to vote, but that none of the APC team saddled with the responsibility to conduct the primary and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officials were seen.