A former Chief of Staff to Ex Gov Chimaroke Nnamani of Enugu State, Mr Peter Mba, has emerged winner of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial primaries in the state. the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
Mba, who was also Commissioner for Finance under Nnamani administration, polled 790 votes in the primaries contested by nine aspirants.
His closest rival, Mr Chijioke Edeoga polled nine votes, followed by Mr Chinyeaka Ohaa with three votes while Sen. Ike Ekweremadu and Mr Chukwunta Gilbert with one vote respectively.
The other five contestants which included Prof. Hillary Edeoga, Mr Ken Onoh, Prof. Barth Nnaji, Sen. Gilbert Nnaji and scored nil vote.
Only three void votes were recorded in the primary election.
The Chairman of the PDP Gubernatorial Primaries Electoral Committee in Enugu State, Sen. Zik Sunday, who declared the result, described the process as “transparent, credible and peaceful”.
Sunday said that 812 delegates were accredited for the exercise with 807 votes cast.
He said that at the close of accreditation, two delegates from Oji River Local Government Area were absent.
The electoral committee chairman said that independent observers, including officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission were on ground to monitor the exercise.
NAN further reports that 19 aspirants purchased the gubernatorial nomination form of the party.
However, prior to voting during the primaries, eight of the aspirants stepped down for Mba.
The aspirants who announced their withdrawals are Messrs Chukwudi Nneji, Kingsley Udeh, Erasmus Anike and Nwabueze Ugwu.
The rest are Messrs Ifeanyichukwu Nwoye, Onyekwere Nnaji, Beloved-Dan Anike and Gabriel Ajah.
In his acceptance speech, the governorship candidate, pledged to serve with humility and build on the success of the current administration if elected.
According to Mba, it is our vision to transform our state with the support of the people of the state.
It would be recalled that Ekweremadu had in a statement early hours of Wednesday announced his withdrawal from the contest.
NAN further reports that voting at the primaries which held in the main-bowl of the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu started by 2:22pm.
Mba, a legal professional, who hails from Nkanu East Local Government Area of the state is the Chief Executive Officer, Pinnacle Oils Nig. Ltd. (NAN)