By G9ija

Former Vice-Chancellor of the Abia State University, Uturu, Prof. Uche Ikonne, has emerged the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2023 general elections.

Newsmen report that Ikonne was elected at the party’s primary election held at the Umuahia Township Stadium on Wednesday.

He polled 468 votes to defeat five other contestants in the exercise that took place under heavy presence of security personnel.

Mr Lucky Igbokwe came a distant second with 45 votes, while the only female contestant, Mrs Ngozi Merenge, scored five votes.

Other contestants, including Dep. Gov. Ude Oko-Chukwu, Sen. Enyinnaya Abaribe, Sen. Emma Nwaka, had earlier announced their withdrawal from the race.

They were however credited with six, five and four votes, respectively.

Also, Prof. Greg Ibe, who formally defected to the All Progressives Grand Alliance on April 17, was also credited with two votes.

Other aspirants that withdrew from the race were Chief Ncheta Omerekpe, Mr Enyinnaya Nwafor and Mr Chima Anyaso.

However, they were credited with three, four and five votes, respectively.

The Chairman of the Primary Election Committee and former Gov. Ayo Fayose thanked the delegates for their peaceful conduct during the exercise.

In an acceptance speech, Ikonne expressed gratitude to Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu and PDP for believing in him.

He gave assurance that he would not betray such confidence.