Tony Nwulu wins Imo UPP guber ticket, Ararume allegedly sponsored primaries

Tony Nwulu

Moro emerges PDP candidate for Benue South senatorial zone
Representative of Oshodi/Isolo, Lagos Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Tony Nwulu, at the weekend emerged Imo State governorship standard bearer of the United Progressives Party (UPP).

Nwulu sponsored the Not-Too-Young-To-Run bill, which was passed by the National Assembly and signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari. However, about 13 aspirants have accused Senator Ifeanyi Ararume of sponsoring governorship primaries for the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) at Kanu Nwankwo Sports Centre, Owerri, which led to his emergence at the weekend.Addressing journalists, an aspirant, Sam Amadi, faulted the primary election, saying the aspirants agreed to present a consensus candidate and wondered why some people opposed the arrangement.

Also, scores of Nwulu’s supporters went into wild jubilation after his emergence as governorship candidate of the UPP. In the party’s primaries, which took place at the UPP secretariat in Owerri and adjudged as free, fair and transparent, Nwulu, who hails from Ezinihitte Mbaise Local Council of Imo State, scored 1,090 votes to defeat his rival, Chris Nwadigbo, who polled 101 votes.

In his acceptance speech, he said he would not disappoint the state in leading them to victory in 2019 election.Meanwhile, a former Minister of Interior, Abba Moro has emerged Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for Benue South senatorial district.A member of the state House of Assembly, Joseph Ojobo, had led by 254 votes as against 211 scored by Moro, while Mike Okibe Onoja polled 159 votes.

However, due to violence, the primary election was declared inconclusive, but Moro polled 250 additional votes to garner 461, defeating Ojobo who scored 365 votes, while Onoja secured six votes on the last day to end up with 165 votes.Declaring the results of the exercise, secretary of the senatorial primaries, Sodje Akinwuade, returned Deputy Speaker of the Benue State House of Assembly, Egli Johnson Ahubi as candidate for Otukpo/Ohimini constituency having defeated Ezekiel Adaji by 133 to 77 votes, while Blessing Onuh, who is David Mark’s daughter had no votes.

Also, Senior Special Assistant to Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State on Media, Francis Ottah Agbo, defeated an incumbent House of Representative member, Hassan Saleh for the Okpokwu/Ado/Ogbadibo Federal constituency with 205 to 106 votes.

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