The All Progressives Congress, APC, yesterday held it primary for election of its governorship candidate in the forthcoming Nov 16, 2013 election in Anambra state.
The exercise took place in all the 326 electoral wards in the 21 council areas of the state.
It was basically between its two frontline aspirants-Senator Chris Nwabueze Ngige’s, who was former governor of the state, and Chief Goddy Ezeemo, a very active grassroots politician.
As at 6.30pm yesterday when this report was filed, Ngige was having an early lead in areas like Idemili North, Idemili South, Dunukofia and Njikoka, while Ezeemo showed strength in his Aguata areas.
Some of the breakdown appeared like this:
Alor Ward 1: Ngige 674; Ezeemo 1
Umuchu Ward 2: Ngige 34; Ezeemo 530
Umuchu Ward 2: Ngige 89; Ezeemo 354
Ngige voted about one at Alor Ward One and soon after the voters were counted.
He commended the exercise and said he is looking forward to the November 16 governorship election, which he said is significant for two reasons. One, it is the birthday of Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, and two, it will be the day Anambra citizens will decide who will run their affairs for another four years.
The situation at Umuchu, where Ezeemo voted was rowdy as many voters with irregular membership slips had to be sorted out.
The situation continued till well past 3pm when voting was expected to have come to a close.
Ezeemo: “This is a planned deal that started long ago. But I will fight. We will have to do everything to drop it.
“The election has been manipulated highly in Idemili North, Idemili South and Dunukofia are where we saw violence. What do you expect of the defenceless electorate? They will run for their dear lives.”
Ngige: “Today is no contest. The man is a neophyte and he is trying his luck in gambling. I don’t think he understands politics. November 16 is the date. And we are going out to meet outside opponents.”