PDP Primary election: Ugwuanyi of Enugu State secure the majority vote

Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State has been
overwhelmingly elected as the candidate of the Peoples
Democratic Party (PDP) for the February 2019 governorship
election in the state.
Governor Ugwuanyi, who was the sole aspirant in the colourful and
hitch-free governorship primary election held at the popular
Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu, emerged the party’s candidate
after polling 2,782 valid votes out of total votes cast of 2,859, by
the delegates.
This is the first time in the history of the state an aspirant to the
office of the Governor is contesting in the party primaries
unopposed or as a sole aspirant.
The exercise, which started with accreditation of delegates at the
Michael Okpara Square, Enugu, commenced at about 3pm, after 2,
864 accredited delegates were conveyed to the venue of the
primary election in luxury buses.
Declaring the primary election, which was monitored by the
Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) open, the
Chairman of the 5-man State Electoral Committee from National
Secretariat of the Party, Senator Ambuno Zik, stated that the
exercise will be conducted in accordance with the electoral act and
party’s guidelines and constitution.
Senator Zik, who noted that Gov. Ugwuanyi was the sole aspirant
for the governorship primary election, added that delegates will
have to vote accordingly, stressing: “Due process must be
He commended Gov. Ugwuanyi for entrenching peace and good
governance in Enugu State, and also appreciated the state
leadership of the the party, INEC, security agencies and party’s
stakeholders for their contributions to the success of the exercise.
Introducing the sole governorship aspirant of the party to the
delegates, the Deputy President of the Senate, Prof. Ike
Ekweremadu, applauded Gov. Ugwuanyi for holding the forte for
the party and state, disclosing that this was the first time in the
past 21 years of his active participation in politics, that the PDP
would be having a sole aspirant as well as a non-contentious
governorship primary election.
According to him, “today we have not only a Governor who has
performed very well, he has also entrenched peace in Enugu State”.
Gov. Ugwuanyi while thanking the delegates for the overwhelming
support and the unanimous mandate they gave him, expressed
gratitude to God for the peace in Enugu State which has brought
development and good governance.
The governor also appreciated the leadership of the Party at the
National, State, Local Government and Ward levels for their
support and solidarity.
He equally commended INEC, security agencies, the media and the
good people of the state for the successful primaries, assuring
them “it will end in praises.

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