Dr. Ernest Ndukwe emerged the winner of the Anambra State Senatorial Zone primaries conducted by All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA held on Saturday, December 6, 2014. The former executive vice chairman and chief executive officer of Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC polled a staggering 344 votes to topple two other co-aspirants in Dr. Okey Udeh and Chief Maja Umeh, who pulled 127 and 24 votes respectively.

Dr. Ernest Ndukwe
Dr. Ernest Ndukwe

Beverly Hills Hotel in Ozubulu that housed the nearly 500 delegates that participated in the exercise and hundreds of their supporters witnessed unusual calm in a zone hitherto known for excesses in all manners of electioneering.

Right from the moment delegates started trooping in, which started as early as 10a.m till few minutes past 9p.m when result was announced, there was no case of rancor between opposing camps neither was there any iota of overzealousness or intimidation from the security personnel.

The Returning Officer, Senator Alphonsus Igbeke (Ubanese) would have gone home a very proud man after having gone about his business in a most professional manner and to the satisfaction of all participants. At every turn, the Returning Officer ensured the three candidates approved of every call or on-field decision he employed to ensure fair play and transparency.

When eventually the votes were sorted, counted and announced, all three aspirants exchanged handshakes in victory and acceptance of defeat.

Walking out of the hall, Dr. Ndukwe expectedly beaming with smiles, gave God the glory of his victory. ?I give God the glory for this mandate and wish to specially thank Returning Officer, party officials, the delegates, the security personnel, INEC observer team and the agents particularly for the orderly and peaceful manner that characterized the whole exercise. I call on the leadership of our great party, all members of APGA and most importantly the good people of Anambra South Senatorial Zone to close ranks to ensure victory at the polls in February 2015 to ensure we give the people the quality representation they deserve in the Senate,? concluded the amiable victor amidst the cheers of his supporters.

? Ndy Akosa writes from Anambra State.


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