Ifeanyichukwu Odi has been declared the winner of the Ebonyi Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship primary election conducted at the party’s state secretariat on Sunday in Abakaliki.
The Chairman of the electoral panel, Mr Olalekan Rotimi, who declared the results said Mr Odi polled the highest number of valid votes to defeat the other five contestants.
According to him, Mr Odi got 349 votes to beat his closest rival, Christian Usolor, who secured nine votes. Chukwuma Nwazunku and Augustine Nwazunku got one vote each.
Mr Rotimi added that Emmanuel Ezeh got one vote while Andrew Sunday got six votes, respectively.
“Therefore, I, Olalekan Rotimi having been conferred with the power to chair this panel hereby declare Chief Ifeanyichukwu Odi having polled the total highest number of valid votes and having met all the requirements winner of the primary election,” the electoral official stated. “The exercise was counted openly and witnessed by agents of the aspirants, officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and other stakeholders.”
Meanwhile, Mr Odi in his acceptance speech thanked the delegates and the party for electing him to carry the party’s flag and promised to lead PDP to victory in the 2023 governorship election in Ebonyi.
He pledged to work with every member of the party to achieve victory.
Silas Onu, factional chairman of the party commended the party delegates for peaceful and orderly conduct in the exercise.
A faction of the party loyal to Tochukwu Okorie had earlier at a news conference in Abakaliki on Sunday announced that the primary elections in the state had been cancelled on the directive of the national leadership of the PDP.
The faction noted that the date for the primary election would be announced in due course.
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