By Anayo Okoli
UMUAHIA—AFTER much intrigues, rancour, accusations and counter accusations, the Donatus Nwankpa-led faction of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Abia State, has at last, held its governorship primary election and returned Dr. Uche Ogah the winner with 86, 875 votes, beating five other contestants.
With this, the party now has two candidates in the State as the Dr. Emmanuel Ndukwe faction, which has the backing of a High Court Order, had a day before concluded its own exercise and picked High Chief Ikechi Emenike as the winner with 274, 133 votes.
Announcing Ogah’s victory in the early hours of yesterday, the chairman of election committee, David Iyoha, who was earlier accused by some of the aspirants of compromising the exercise in favour of one of them, said that Ogah won with 86, 875 to beat the closest rival, former Abia House of Assembly Speaker, Martins Azubuike who polled 10, 889 votes.
Iyoha also announced that the other aspirants, Barr. Friday Nwosu got 3,529 votes; Chief Chris Akomas, 2,123 votes; Dr. Okey Emuchay 1,270 votes and Prince Paul Ikonne 999.
Ogah in his acceptance speech said his victory was divine.
“It is God that made my victory possible. Some people thought it would be impossible but God has made it come to pass,” he said.