MORE candidates have emerged to contest governorship seats on the platform of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) and All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).
In Delta State, Chief Ovie Omo-Agege , who just lost the Delta State governorship rerun election, has been nominated as the ACN gubernatorial candidate. He ran the rerun as Republican Party of Nigeria’s candidate.
According to a statement, the chairman of the party’s screening / electoral committee, Mr. Dan Enebi, while announcing the result of the party’s primary elections in the state, said Omo-Agege, the only candidate cleared for the governorship primary, polled 12,088 votes of the 12,623 accredited voters.
For the senatorial positions, Enebi said Mr. Temi Hariman, Prof Fidelis Odita and Senator Adego Eferakeya emerged as the party’ flag bearers in Delta South, Delta North and Delta Central senatorial districts respectively.
After intrigues and defections, two politicians in Imo State, Chief Rochas Anayo Okorocha and Senator Ifeanyi Ararume at the weekend in Owerri emerged winners of the governorship primaries held in their parties.
While Okorocha won on the platform of APGA, Ararume was named the governorship standard-bearer of the ACN.
In the peaceful primary election that took place at the weekend at Rosy Arts Theatre, Ikenegbu Layout, Owerri, Okorocha defeated two other aspirants – Capt. Henry Omego and Chief Peter Orji – by scoring 788 votes. Omego polled three votes while Orji had two votes.
The primary was witnessed by the state chairman of the party, Cletus Nwaka, 2007 governorship candidate of the party, Chief Martin Agbaso and the House of Representatives member for Ohaji/Egbema, Oguta and Oru West, Chuka Nwauwa, among others. Agbaso had in a recent APGA’s sponsored gathering anointed Okorocha for the contest.
Ararume, on his part, won in the governorship primary held in Owerri just as Ahamefule Lemchi emerged the ANPP governorship candidate after the primary of the party was concluded also at the weekend.
And in Abia State, the Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA) was said to have lost to the Labour Party its three governorship aspirants who said they felt aggrieved with the conduct of the party’s last Tuesday governorship primaries.
The trio – all from Abia Central Senatorial zone – are Chief Stanley Ohajuruka, Dr. Max Nduaguibe and Obi Aguocha.
At a media briefing at the weekend, the trio accused the PPA leadership of favouring Chris Akomas by manipulating the result of the primaries that showed Akomas, the immediate past deputy governor, polling 2,188 votes to beat Ohajuruka, Nduaguibe and Aguocha to the second, third and fourth positions respectively. They described the results as unacceptable..
The three politicians, who spoke separately at the briefing, said all necessary arrangements and consultations had been concluded for them to join the Labour Party and partake in its state governorship primaries.ACN, ANPP, APGA governorship candidates emerge in Imo, Delta, others