As predicted, ex-Central Bank Governor, Chukwuma Soludo today wins APGA nomination to position for 6 November Anambra Governorship polls.

He bested a troika of lightweight and relatively unknown politicians, chalking up 93.4 percent of delegate votes.

Newsmen were shut out of the primaries election venue, a show of annoyance over reportage of its lingering internal crisis.

Soludo garnered 740 of 792 valid votes, leaving 52 votes to be shared by Rep. Okwudili Ezenwakwo (41 votes), Damian Okolo (7) and Thankgod Ibeh (4).

The heavyweights who sought the nomination were deftly pushed aside for Soludo widely seen as the Governor’s preferred candidate.

Returning officer, Samson Olalere, said today that of the 812 delegates registered to vote, 795 were accredited while 792 voted.

Gov. Willie Obiano wasted no time raising Soludo’s hand and congratulating him as victor.

Soludo accepted the nomination and promised to build on Obiano’s legacy if elected Governor on 6 November 2021.

He expressed effusive thanks to both the Governor and APGA National Chairman, Chief Victor Oye, for standing by him.

Delegates accreditation was conducted at Alex Ekwueme Square Awka while elections proper held at Prof. Dora Akunyuli Women Development Centre.

Analysts are still wondering whether the election will be invalidated as INEC said the party breached the rules by failing to give a 21-day notice of its prior ward delegates elections.

However, APGA party Chair, Victor Oye, said this evening in an interview with Channels TV that his party gave the mandatory notice.

A rival APGA faction led by Chief Jude Okeke announced today that Prof. Soludo has been suspended from the party.

How Soludo swept the delegate votes

Below are the APGA Primary Election Results as announced by local government areas.

Aguata LGA:
Ezenwankwo – 2
Damian – Nil
Ibe – Nil
Soludo – 44

Anambra East LGA:
Ezenwankwo – Nil
Damian – Nil
Ibe – Nil
Soludo – 40

Anambra West LGA:
Ezenwankwo -1
Damian – Nil
Ibe – Nil
Soludo – 25

Anaocha LGA:
Ezenwankwo – 4
Damian – 1
Ibeh – 1
Soludo – 40

Awka North LGA:
Ezenwankwo – 4
Damian – 0
Ibeh -0
Soludo – 29


Awka South LGA:
Ezenwankwo – 2
Damian – Nil
Ibe – Nil
Soludo – 46

Ayamelum LGA:
Ezenwankwo – 1
Damian – Nil
Ibe – Nil
Soludo – 28

Dunukofia LGA:
Ezenwankwo – 1
Damian – Nil
Ibe – 1
Soludo – 32

Ekwusigo LGA:
Ezenwankwo – Nil
Damian – Nil
Ibe – Nil
Soludo – 29

Idemili North LGA:
Ezenwankwo – 1
Damian – Nil
Ibe – Nil
Soludo – 30

Idemili South LGA:
Ezenwankwo – 1
Damian – Nil
Ibe – Nil
Soludo – 29

Ihiala LGA:
Ezenwankwo – 2
Damian – Nil
Ibe – Nil
Soludo – 45

Njikoka LGA:
Ezenwankwo – 2
Damian – Nil
Ibe – 1
Soludo – 41

Nnewi North LGA:
Ezenwankwo – 2
Damian – 5
Ibe – Nil
Soludo – 19

Nnewi South LGA:
Ezenwankwo – 2
Damian – Nil
Ibe – Nil
Soludo – 45

Ogbaru LGA:
Ezenwankwo – Nil
Damian – Nil
Ibe – Nil
Soludo – 38

Onitsha North LGA:
Ezenwankwo – Nil
Damian – Nil
Ibe – Nil
Soludo – 35

Onitsha South LGA:
Ezenwankwo – 2
Damian – Nil
Ibe – Nil
Soludo – 40

Orumba North LGA:
Ezenwankwo – 4
Damian – Nil
Ibe – 1
Soludo – 38

Orumba South LGA:
Ezenwankwo – 5
Damian – Nil
Ibe – Nil
Soludo – 37

Oyi LGA:
Ezenwankwo – 5
Damian – Nil
Ibe – 1
Soludo – 30

Summary of Result:

Ezenwankwo – 41 Votes
Damian – 7 Votes
Ibe – 4 Votes
Soludo – 740 Votes

By Ogbuagu Anikwe

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