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Double wins for Val Ozigbo @PDP primary, online poll - ITREALMS

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The immediate past-President and Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Transcorp Plc, Mr. Valentine Ozigbo, has emerged as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for the Anambra governorship election slated for November, this year reports 
This is coming as he also emerged winner of an online poll among other candidates with Prof. Chukwuma Soludo trailing behind him.

ITREALMS gathered weekend that Ozigbo emerged at the PDP primary held Saturday, June 26, 2021 at the Prof Dora Akunyili Women Development Center, Awka, the state capital.

Also Announcing the results, head of the electoral panel, His Excellency Philip Shaibu, the Deputy Governor of Edo State, revealed that Ozigbo polled a total of 62 to win the primary.

Ozigbo was followed by Dr Obiora Okonkwo, who scored 58 votes and Senator Uche Ekwunife who got 44 votes.

Out of the 16 aspirants who obtained the PDP nomination and declaration of interest forms, 12 aspirants were present at the venue and participated in the voting process.

The Anambra governorship election is billed to hold on Saturday, November 6, 2021.

Meanwhile, in a related development, Mr. Ozigbo also came top in online public poll, beating Prof. Charles Chukwuma Soludo and Senator Ifeanyi Ubah among others.

ITREALMS also gathered that PDP in the online poll garnered some 64 per cent of total votes, APGA trailed with a distance 22 per cent, while YPP 8 has and APC 5 got their usual five per cent.

The online poll conducted by 9newsng.com is coming a few weeks to the primary election, billed for November 6.
Close to 14,000 people voted in the poll, which lasted for three days, and ended at about 3.40pm on Wednesday, June 9, 2021, was popular in the Anambra social media and Whatsapp echo chamber. 

Thirteen aspirants from four political parties - the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the All Progressives Congress (APC), and the Young Progressives Party (YPP) featured in the poll, which aggregated 13,868 votes. 

The PDP had eight aspirants in the poll, namely, Valentine Ozigbo, the immediate past President and Group CEO of Transcorp Plc; Dr Godwin Maduka, a US-based medical doctor; Dr Tony Nwoye, a former governorship candidate; Senator Uche Ekwunife, the lawmaker representing Anambra Central at the Nigerian Senate; Chuma Nzeribe, a security consultant; Dr Ifedi Okwenna, a former government official; Godwin Ezeemo, a business magnate; and Hon. Chris Azubogu, a federal lawmaker. 

APGA had two aspirants, Professor Charles Soludo, a former Central Bank governor and Hon. Okwudili Ezenwankwo, a federal lawmaker. The APC had two aspirants Johnbosco Onunkwo, a former AGIP staff and Paul Orajiaka, a toymaker. Senator Ifeanyi Ubah, the national leader of the YPP, also took part in the poll.

Ozigbo (PDP) clinched 2,770 out of the total 13,868 votes cast, beating Soludo (APGA), who got 2,705 to 2nd place. Maduka (PDP) took 3rd place with 1,620 votes. Nwoye (PDP) came 4th with 1,209 votes, while Ubah (YPP) came 5th with 1,148 votes. 

In 6th place was Ekwunife (PDP) with 987 votes; Nzeribe (PDP) took 7th place with 979 votes; Okwenna (PDP) with 708 votes in 8th place; Orajiaka (APC) got 440 votes in 9th place; Ezenwankwo (APGA) came 10th with 355; Ezeemo (PDP) in 11th place with 321 votes; Azubogu (PDP) in 12th place with 314 votes, and Onunkwo (APC) came last with 312 votes. 

Aggregating the votes won according to political parties, the Peoples Democratic Party took away 64% (8,908) of the votes giving its closest challenger, the All Progressives Grand Alliance, which got 22% (3,060) a wide margin. On the other hand, the Young Progressive Party received 8% (1,148) of the votes while the All Progressives Congress (APC) trailed behind with 5% (752) of the votes.

The Anambra governorship election is slated for November 6, 2021, and party primaries are scheduled to hold in June 2021. 

Remmy Nweke/DoP

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