The Managing Director of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Nsima Ekere, emerged winner of the governorship primary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Akwa Ibom State, Sunday.
The primary, had a former minister of the Federal Capital Territory, John Udoedehe, a former NDDC MD, Bassey Dan-Abia, and a businessman, Edet Effretuei, contesting alongside Ekere.
The Chairman of the primary committee, Yamah Momoh, who addressed the press on Monday at the state secretariat of APC in Uyo, said Ekere emerged the winner, having scored the highest number of valid votes among the aspirants.
Momoh said the primary was generally peaceful, free and fair across the state.
“The original result sheets and all other election materials were released to all the 31 local government areas,” Momoh said, adding that election did not take place only in Uyo local government area.
Ekere, he said, scored 160,458 across the state, out of 167,896 votes, while his closest rival, Dan-Abia had 4,189 votes.
The committee said Udoedehe and Effretuei had 2,015 and 1,234 votes respectively.
Momoh said his committee received two complaints, but that it was not within their power to look into complaint emanating from the exercise.
An appeal committee would look into the complaints, he said.
The APC Chairman in the state, Ini Okopido, said the primary was one of the fairest and the freest primaries he has ever witnessed in the state.
Ekere was the only governorship aspirant present at the press briefing.
In his acceptance speech, Mr Ekere thanked the party members for voting “massively” for him. He said the victory belongs to every member of APC in the state and that he was going to embark immediately on the process of “healing the wounds within the party”.
Ekere said the APC will work hard to win the state from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2019.
A former petroleum minister, Don Etiebet, and the Managing Director, Oil and Gas Free Trade Zone Authority, Umana Umana, were among the APC leaders present at the press briefing.