Ikechi Emenike/dailypost.ng

Ikechi Emenike was on Monday elected as the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abia state in the primary election.

The exercise was held in all the 184 wards in the 17 local governments across the state.

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The chief returning officer, Professor Okezie Abarukwu, who announced the results at a media conference in Umuahia said that Emenike polled polled 274,133 votes to defeat six other aspirants, including Chris, Akoma, Friday Nwosu, Martin Azubuike, Uche Ogah, Okey Emuchay and Paul Ikonne.

However, parallel governorship election was expected to be held in Abia APC which has two factions.

But while the faction led by Emmanuel Ndukwe concluded their primary poll the other faction headed by Hon Donatus Nwankpa were yet to get their acts together as at the time of this report.

The primary election was originally scheduled for Saturday, September 29, 2018 and was shifted to Sunday only for the national secretariat to announce late on Sunday that the exercise would take place on Monday, October 1.

By the time the postponement got to Abia the primary election by the Ndukwe led faction was already in full swing with huge turnout of party faithful in all the local governments.

Meanwhile, the Ndukwe led APC which is recognized by the court as the authentic Abia chapter has fully endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari as APC presidential candidate in the 2019 general election.