Governor David Umahi has won the re-run primary election for the state’s south senatorial slot.
He defeated his younger brother, Austin, and three other contestants to win the re-run All Progressives Congress primary election.
Prof. Emmanuel Adebayo, leader of APC’s national committee for the primary, declared the governor winner at the end of the exercise held at the Afikpo North Local Government Council headquarters.
The governor won the contest with 250 votes while his younger brother Austin, polled 10 votes.
Said Adebayo: “Mrs. Elizabeth Chukwu polled five votes; Mrs. Magareth Ibiam got three votes, while Mrs. Ann Agom-Eze scored zero votes.
“A total number of votes cast was 275; total valid votes were 268, while invalid votes were seven,’’ he announced.
In his acceptance speech, Governor Umahi commended the committee for conducting a peaceful and credible primary election, noting that the APC has transparency and credibility as its watchwords.
“APC is rooted in Ebonyi and will surely sweep the electoral stakes at the 2023 general elections,’’ he said.
Earlier on July 22, a Federal High Court in Abakaliki dismissed a suit filed by Umahi seeking it to recognise him as the APC’s candidate for the senatorial district.
The court instead recognised Mrs. Ann Agom-Eze who placed second at the May 28 primary election as the candidate but ordered a re-run of the election within 14 days.