Two governorship aspirants are laying claim to the ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the 2023 election in Ebonyi State.
This is as two parallel primaries held by the APC in the state each produced a candidate after their separate elections on Thursday.
Naija News understands one faction is loyal to the incumbent Governor, David Umahi while the other is loyal to a former chairman of the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC), Elias Mbam.
The Umahi faction held its primaries at Ngele Oluta township stadium, Abakaliki, and produced Francis Nwifuru, current Speaker of the Ebonyi state house of assembly, who polled 743 votes.
Chairman of the Ebonyi APC gubernatorial primary election committee, Emmanuel Adebayo announced him as the winner.
Others who participated in the primary election and their votes are: Rosemary Nwogbaga – 63 votes, Julius Ucha – 22 votes, Elias Mbam – 10 votes, and Edward Ngweagu – 8 votes.
For the Mbam camp, they held their primaries at the campaign office of the ex-RMAFC boss in Abakaliki.
The results produced Mbam himself as the candidate with 741 votes while Nwifuru got seven votes, Julius Ucha had four votes, and Rosemary polled one vote.
Egwu Inya served as the returning officer for the election.
Naija News understands the Umahi-led faction is the one recognised by the APC at the national level.
This article was originally published on Nigeria News