By Magnus Aluma
Former chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP in Ebonyi State and senator representing Ebonyi Central at the National Assembly, Obinna Ogba has won the party’s rescheduled gubernatorial primary election in the State.
Ogba polled a total of 253 votes to defeat his closest rival, Edwin Nwonu who currently represents Ishielu/Ezza North Federal Constituency of Ebonyi State at the House of Representatives, who got 110 votes.
Chairman of the Electoral Panel, Chief Chris Okolo said that another member of the House of Representatives, Dr Sylvester Ogbaga came third with a total of 63 votes.
According to him, the exercise recorded a total of 14 invalid votes. Mr Okolo explained that five hundred and thirteen delegates from the 171 electoral wards in the the thirteen Local Government Areas of Ebonyi State took part in the election.
Making his declaration, the chairman said, “I Mr Chris Okolo, having been conferred with the power to chair this panel hereby declare Sen. Obinna Ogba winner having polled the total highest number of valid votes and having met all the requirements for the election and he is hereby returned elected.In an acceptance speech, Senator Ogba, thanked the delegates, party members and leaders of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP in Ebonyi State, for giving him their mandate to fly the party’s flag in the state’s governorship election come 2023.
He described his victory as victory for the PDP and Ebonyi State and promised to extend a hand of fellowship to his fellow contestants.
In a brief remark, Ebonyi State chairman of the Peope’s Democratic Party, PDP, Tochukwu Okorie commended the party delegates, for the peaceful and successful exercise. He applauded the electoral panel for coming out with a peaceful, transparent and credible exercise.