Assembly Speaker Wins Ebonyi APC Gubernatorial Bid

Ebonyi House of Assembly Speaker Francis Nwifuru won the All Progressives Congress (APC) state gubernatorial primary. The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reported that Mr. Nwifuru won 743 votes to defeat four other challengers in the exercise held on Thursday inside Pa Ngele Oruta Stadium, Abakaliki. Rosemary Ofoke was second in the primaries with 63 votes, while Senator Julius Ucha was third with 22 votes. Elias Mbam got 10 votes and Edward Nkwegu got eight votes. Emmanuel Adebayo, chairman of the party’s committee for the primaries, declared Mr. Nwifuru the winner and praised all the contestants for their conduct during the exercise. Mr. Adebayo announced that 855 delegates were accredited for the exercise, while a total of 854 votes were cast. The total number of valid votes was 846, while eight votes were annulled, it said. “I am delighted with the peaceful conduct of the exercise, as this shows that the party is united in the state. “I thank the national party body for finding us worthy to hold the exercise and the security agencies for providing a peaceful and safe environment. “I also thank officials from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) among other stakeholders who monitored the exercise,” he said. Mr. Nwifuru, in his remarks, thanked God for his emergence as an APC candidate. “Umahi has been the instrument that God uses to elevate me and I will always be indebted to him. “He picked me out of nowhere and did something to me, including being the Speaker of the state House of Assembly since 2015. “I also thank everyone who made this victory possible and this auspicious occasion is dedicated to all party faithful, especially the young people,” he said. Governor Umahi had endorsed Nwifuru as his preferred successor, a move opposed by some of the party’s leaders in the state. Some aggrieved APC members in the state held parallel primaries, including the gubernatorial one. (YAYA) SEE: Governor Yahaya Bello’s roadmap to Hope 2023 Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; Assembly Speaker Wins Ebonyi APC Gubernatorial Bid