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BREAKING – Anambra Guber: Tony Nwoye Emerges APC Candidate

From. Ignatius  Okpara, Awka

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The member representing Anambra East/ West in the federal House of Representatives, Tony Nwoye has emerged APC Gubernatorial  candidate in the party’s  primary election held on Saturday, in Awka, the Anambra state capital.

He polled a total of 2,146, votes to defeat other contestants , including Senator Andy Uba.

Chairman of the primary and Governor of Borno state, Kashim Shetima declared Nwoye winner on Sunday after counting results of the election contested by 12 Aspirants.

A  breakdown of the election results are as follows.

Paul Chukwuma  -110

Nonso Madu  — 21

George  Moghalu  –525

Barth Nwibe —414

Patrick Nwike.  –20

Tony Nwoye. –2,146

Chike Obidigbo.  –22

Donatus Okonkwo. –10

Johnbosco Onunkwo–85

Andy Uba. —-931

Adaobi Uchendu —1

Obinna Uzor. –17

Invalid votes.  —31

We Had No Interest in who wins –Says Committee Chairman, Shettima

Chairman of the 2017 Anambra State All progressive congress APC Governorship primaries committee, and Borno state governor, Kashim Shettima on Sunday described the exercise as the easiest election himself and members of his committee has ever associated with in their political career.

Tony Nwoye, the member representing Anambra East/ West, in the lower chamber of the National Assembly NASS, defeated 11 other aspirants, including Senator Andy Uba, representing Anambra South senatorial district to clinch the APC governorship ticket, ahead of the November 18, gubernatorial election in the state.

African Examiner recalled that Nwoye, a one time national president of National Association of Nigerian students, NANS, was the governorship  candidate of the peoples Democratic party PDP during the 2013, Anambra state gubernatorial election, but was defeated by the incumbent governor, Willy Obiano, of the ruling crisis- ridden All progressive Grand Alliance, APGA.

The election which began on Saturday 26th  rolled into Sunday, 27th, and lasted almost 24 hours.

Shetima, spoke Sunday while announcing results of the keenly contested primaries , which was covered live by the Nigeria Television Authority, NTA at the Dora Akunyili Development Centre in Awka, the Anambra state capital.

‎According to him:  “This primary election was obviously a tedious one, but for me and members of the committee saddled with the responsibility of conducting the election. It is the easiest election we have ever been part of or witnessed.

“You see, when you are an election umpire, election becomes difficult only when you you have interest in who wins the elections because by having interest, you have to battle with other contestants, battle with those who have different interests and battle with your own conscience in trying to bend the rules of the game to favour your interest.

“But so long as you are neutral as an election umpire, the election becomes easy. It is easy for all to know when you are trying to be fair and when you trying to be bias. I am very proud of each and every member of our committee for being absolutely unbiased.

“I am very proud of observers from the APC National headquarters led by Presidential Adviser Ojudu. I am proud of the APC leadership in Anambra State and everyone that helped in making us stand by the principles of conducting a free, fair and credible primary election, particularly the security agencies.

“The Commissioner of Police did a wonderful job. I thank and commend the INEC observers for being with us all through the processes” the Governor said.

He said  that though as a Governor he was entitled to protocol reception from the Government of Anambra State, he deliberately rented a hotel in order not to give room for questions over the integrity of the APC Governorship primaries and bearing in mind that the Governor Willie Obiano is seeking re-election

The chairman, added that he totally avoided meeting all the Aspirants, just as he urged members of the APC  Anambra State to work towards the victory of the candidate as the next Governor of the State.

 

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