Soludo Wins APGA’s Primary Election

Thrashes Hon Okwudili and Chief Damian Okolo

By Our Correspondent

Former Central Bank Governor and frontline aspirant of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Prof Charles Chukwuma Soludo, has emerged the party candidate in the November 6 Anambra state governorship election. His emergence was announced late evening on Wednesday after outscoring his two opponents in the party’s primaries which held in Awka, the state capital.
Prof Soludo emerged having garnered 740 votes, representing over 94 per cent of the 795 accredited votes cast. His closest opponent, Hon Okwudili got 41 while Chief Damian Okolo got 7.

For sundry reasons, 7 delegate votes were Disqualified.
Chairman of the electoral committee and the party’s Vice Chairman South-West, Deacon Sampson Olarere, commended the aspirants’ resilience noting that indeed, each of them has the wherewithal to win the November 6, governorship election. He added however, that only the best can emerge as chosen.
Convener of Youth Earnestly for Soludo, Dr. Obinna Omenugha, the Transition Committee Chairman of Orumba North Local Government Area, Lady Ify Obinabo and Chief Jude Emecheta, spoke glowingly of the level of transparency involved in the process, a factor they said gave the process a high degree of credibility, adding that it was necessary for both the victor and his co-contestants to work with the party with a view to winning the Nov. 6 general election.
The state governor, Willie Obiano, who along with Senator Victor Umeh, witnessed the election that lasted for 11 hours amidst tight security including the army, operatives of the Department of State Services, DSS, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corp, the Police and the state Vigilante group, pointed out that he had always wished to hand over power to a successor from the South in the spirit of equity and fairplay. He urged the winner and the party to work as a team in order to deliver Anambra for APGA in the November 6 governorship election.
“As the National leader of APGA, I will ensure the party wins 21/21 in the election” the governor said.
While accepting his victory, Prof. Soludo, promised to deploy his economic expertise and contact to ensure that the state remains a reference point in all round development. The former apex bank head thanked the independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, for its observer role and security agencies for making the event hitch-free.
With the primary done, the party has overcome the initial scare arising from the letters from INEC which announced that the party failed to live up to certain statutory regulations leading up to the primaries.
“This is to notify you that the records of the Commission indicate that APGA did not duly notify the Commission of the date of the Congress where the ad hoc delegates were elected as required by Section 85 of the Electoral Act 2010 (As Amended)
The Commission wishes to emphasize the need for full compliance with all legal requirements for the conduct of Party Primaries as earlier communicated in the Commissions letter to your Party dated 37 June 2021, the letter reads in part,” INEC wrote in one of its letters to the party.

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