Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has been elected as the All Progressives Congress (APC) senatorial candidate for the Imo West Senatorial District.
His son-in-law and chief of staff, Uche Nwosu, was also declared the governorship candidate of the ruling party in the state.
This is coming after the National Working Committee had cancelled the earlier primary which produced two aspirants — Senator Hope Uzodinma and Nwosu — as candidates and ordered for a rescheduled primary on Saturday.
Announcing the results of the rescheduled primary at the APC Secretariat in Owerri on Sunday, the chairman of the electoral panel, Ibrahim Agbabiaka, said that Nwosu polled a total of 269,524 votes to defeat eight other aspirants.
According to him, the primary held in the 305 Independent National Electoral Commission’s wards across the state.
Agbabiaka said that other aspirants, Uzodinma, got 2,729 votes; the deputy governor of the state, Eze Madumere, 2,646 votes; Jude Ejiogu, 3,656 votes; and Chris Nlemoha, 925 votes.
Peter Gbuji, scored 4,855 votes; George Eche, 2,445 votes; Chima Anozie, 3,248 votes and Chuks Ololo, 6,428 votes.
The committee also announced that Governor Okorocha polled 141,117 votes to defeat Uzodinma and Osita Izunaso, who garnered 1,359 and 24 votes respectively.
They also announced the immediate past commissioner for information in the state, Prof. Nnamdi Obiaraeri, as the winner of Imo North senatorial primary.
Emma Ojinere was declared the winner of Imo East senatorial primary, having scored a total of 41,562 votes, as against Chima Anthony who got 37,815 votes and Max Igwe’s 275 votes.