Chief Sir Okechukwu Ambrose Ahiwe has emerged winner in the just concluded Abia State Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) primary re-run election conducted February 4, 2023.
Chief Ahiwe, the Chief of staff to Abia State Governor had a total of 469 votes ahead of other contestants.
The re-run election was conducted at the Umuahia township stadium in the capital of Abia state.
The results were declared by governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state, the Chairman of the PDP special electoral committee for fresh gubernatorial election in Abia state.
Rt Hon Ude Okochukwu, the deputy governor of Abia state also participated in re-run election and scored 12 votes, Lucky Igbokwe also had 12 votes, Dr Sampson Orji scored 11 votes, Senator Emma Nwaka had 0 vote , 12 invalid votes was recorded.
However, there were some horse trading before the commencement of the election that swung the tide in Favour of the PDP candidate when some aspirants: Eric Opa, Bob Ogu, and Ezinwayi Jonah stepped down for Okey Ahiaiwe.
The rerun primary election follows the death of Uchenna Ikonne, the party’s governorship candidate in the state.
Mr Ikonne, a professor and former vice chancellor of the Abia State University Uturu, passed away on 25 January 2023 at the National Hospital Abuja, according to a statement from his first son, Uche-Ikonne Chikezie, on behalf of the family.