Confusion, as two governorship candidates emerge from parallel primaries In Ebonyi
In Ebonyi, members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state held simultaneous primaries and chose two governorship candidates.
On Thursday, the state held parallel primaries for the APC governorship ticket.
The Ebonyi APC faction loyal to Governor David Umahi and another section loyal to Elias Mbam, former chairman of the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission, organized the governorship primaries (RMAFC).
Mbam is alleged to have resigned as chairman of the RMAFC recently in order to pursue his governorship ambitions.
The Umahi-led faction's election was held at Ngele Oluta township stadium in Abakaliki, and Francis Nwifuru, the speaker of the Ebonyi state house of assembly, won with 743 votes.
With 63 votes, Rosemary Nwogbaga came in second, followed by Julius Ucha with 22 votes, Elias Mbam with 10 votes, and Edward Ngweagu with 8 votes.
Nwifuru is thought to have Umahi's support.
Meanwhile, the second faction held its primaries at Mbam's Abakaliki campaign office.
Mbam received 741 votes in the factional primaries, defeating Nwifuru, who received seven votes, Julius Ucha, who received four votes, and Rosemary, who received one vote.
The returning officer, Egwu Inya, announced the findings. The APC's national working committee (NWC) has recognized the Umahi-led faction.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.