The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has picked the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, ticket for the Enugu West Senatorial District in the 2019 general elections in a landslide victory.
Chris Uve picked the PDP ticket for Anambra South after defeating two other contestants.
In the Senatorial primary conducted at the Enugu West Zonal Headquarters, Awgu, on Tuesday, Ekweremadu polled 690 votes to beat his closest rival, Mr. Isaac Okah, who garnered 84 votes.
Mr. Ogochukwu Onyema polled 61 votes to place a third, while Mr. Uche Onyekwelu and Mr. Oscar Egwuonwu polled 22 votes and 5 votes, respectively.
In the Anambra South primary that held at the Ekwulobia township stadium, Chief Chris Uba polled 931 votes; Chief Obinna Uzor, 20; and Chief Chuma Nzeribe had no vote.
Uba’s supporters went wild with joy and excitement when the party’s Chief Returning officer -Mr Ngozi Agudosi announced him as the winner having polled the highest number of lawful votes.
Declaring Ekweremadu the outcome of the exercise, the Returning Officer, said: “By the powers conferred on me as the Returning Officer for the PDP, Enugu West Senatorial District primary election, I, Hon. Innocent Ezeoha, hereby declare Prof. Ike Ekweremdu, having scored the highest votes cast, as the duly nominated and returned candidate of the PDP for the 2019 senatorial election in Enugu West Senatorial District”.
In his acceptance speech, Ekweremadu declared the primary election as the best in the country and an example in free, fair and credible election.
He praised his co-contestants for joining the race, noting that he had absolutely nothing against those, who contested against him.
“This is the true spirit of democracy and, as a person, I like peaceful contests. I salute and urge them to join hands with me to ensure that the PDP works as a family to win the main election and continue to deliver quality representation to our people. I will continue to be fair and equitable to all”, he assured.
In his post election remarks, Uba thanked the delegates immensely for the unflinching support, confidence and trust they have demonstrated to him. He assured he would not disappoint them.
He said he was concerned about their welfare, and appealled to them to go into the interiors of the senatorial district to canvass for more support and votes in the coming general elections so that he sweeps the stake.