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Senator Ogbuoji wins Ebonyi APC guber ticket


The gubernatorial ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ebonyi State has been won by Senator Soni Ogbuoji in a keen and transparent contest at Abakaliki on Monday.
The ticket vied for by nine aspirants went in favour of Ogbuoji, a second term senator representing the Ebonyi South district.
The senator polled 785 of the 2,256 votes cast by the state party delegates to emerge winner and followed by a distant second aspirant that who had 519. The second aspirant in the contest was Prof. Bernard Odo, a former secretary of the Ebonyi State government.
Another bigwig in the contest was Senator Emma Azu Agboti who was in the senate between 2003 and 2007. Agboti scored 75 votes.
Members, leaders and delegates of the party that witnessed and took part in the contest expressed satisfaction with the outcome of the party primary election that was generally peaceful and without any rancor or factionalization.
A statement from Senator Ogbuoji’s media office noted that the senator, a seasoned politician in the past 30 years thanked the party leadership and membership and also fellow contestants for the peace and unity in the party, a reason he said made the exercise one of the best so far in the party and in the state.
Ogbuoji who described the victory as one for all party members and democracy urged the party to remain united as its bigger mandate is still ahead which is winning and getting into power in the state at the gubernatorial election in 2019.
He thanked the party and called for unity as the APC has a huge mandate and task of entrenching its authority in the state that has been a PDP stronghold since 1999.
“This victory is not for me. This ticket is also not for me alone. It is for our great party, for our dear state that earnestly needs a popular leadership that would be for all of us for the future of our children. Ebonyi needs leadership that would take all the people along today more than ever and it is our obligation to make it realizable.
“I won because only one of us must emerge, and those that know my past in politics would attest that I am not a winner-take-all politician. I have a record of team-playing and it is definitely going to happen again as we work hard and work together to ensure that God blesses our efforts to form the government next year in our great state.
“Let us work for the greater good of the nation, our state and our party, as I promise not to disappoint you or our party in this mandate.”


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