A former chairman of the Senate Committee on Works, Senator Ayogu Eze, was on Friday evening declared the winner of the All Progressives Congress governorship primary election in Enugu State.
Chairman of the APC electoral panel, Prof. Moses Momoh, announced that Eze polled a total of 53,967 out of the 66,122 votes cast during the rescheduled primaries, which held in the 260 wards and 17 local government areas in the state on Thursday.
As a result of the development, Eze, who recently joined the APC, beat his rivals – George Ogara, Ifeanyi Nwoga, Ben Eche and Augustine Akubue to the party’s gubernatorial ticket in Enugu.
However, two other aspirants, Ogara and Eche, had earlier on Thursday evening, declared themselves winners of the primary election, at separate events.
Ogara was declared the winner of the exercise at the residence of the factional chairman of the party in the state, Deacon Okey Ogbodo, after which he and his supporters held a victory parade through some major streets in Enugu metropolis.
Eche, on the other hand, was equally declared the winner of the primaries at an event that was attended by his supporters at a hotel in the Independence layout area of Enugu.
However, the National Working Committee appointed electoral panel eventually declared Eze winner of the exercise at an elaborate, tension-soaked event at Nike Lake Resort, Enugu, on Friday.