Governor Emmanuel’s Preferred Successor Umo Eno Wins A’Ibom PDP Gubernatorial Primary

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Governor Udom Emmanuel preferred the successor, Umo Eno, on Wednesday, won the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial primaries in Akwa Ibom state.

Eno, a former state land and water resources commissioner, won 993 votes to win the party’s ticket for the 2023 gubernatorial election.

His closest losing rivals, Onofiok Luke and Akan Okon, tied with three votes apiece in a primary that saw two spoiled votes out of 1,018 delegates accredited for the exercise.

With the victory, Eno will fly the PDP flag as the party’s gubernatorial candidate in the state in March 2023.

Declaring the winner, Philip Shuaibu, vice governor of Edo state and chairman of the gubernatorial primary election, said Eno met the conditions of the party’s guidelines and has been declared the winner.

In his victory speech, Eno, who was moved, promised to consolidate Emmanuel’s achievements.

He thanked the governor for seeing what others could not see in him and extended hands of fellowship to other hopefuls to join him in building the party and the state.

A total of 14 applicants, including one woman, were approved to participate in the primary held at Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo in Akwa Ibom state.

However, two candidates refused to participate in the election.

Bassey Albert, a sitting senator, refused to participate in the primary citing an existing court order.

The second challenger, Mr. Luke, an active member of the House of Representatives, who also refused to participate in the primaries, cited the inability of statutory delegates to vote in the primaries.

Section 84(8) of the Electoral Act 2022 excludes other categories of party members from the party in primaries.

Luke said that the statutory delegates whom Electoral Law 0222 excluded from voting in the primaries constitute his largest support base and, therefore, he would not participate in the primaries.

The Abuja Federal High Court had ordered the parties to the lawsuit challenging Akwa Ibom’s PDP ad-hoc delegate list to “maintain the pre-war status quo” pending the hearing and determination of the lawsuit. .

It is reported that the lawsuit that was scheduled for hearing on Wednesday (today) has been postponed until June 1 for an additional hearing.

Mike Igini, the Akwa Ibom State Resident Electoral Commissioner, led other Commission officials to monitor the primaries.

The heads of security agencies in the state were also on site to monitor the election and provide security at the site.

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