Ebonyi South Senatorial Seat: Versity Don Emerges APC Candidate

By Celestine Okeh, Abakaliki

A Lecturer with the department of Agricultural extension, Federal University of Technology (FUTO).Imo state, Professor Anthony Okorie Ani has emerged the All Progressives Congress (APC) Standard bearer for Ebonyi South Senatorial Bye election, in a primary Election conduted on Saturday at Afikpo Local Government headquarters.

Declaring the ruslt of the primary election, the Chairman of the electoral panel, Akin Akinsehinwa, revealed that Ani secured 281 out of the 285 votes cast.

Recall that Prof Anthony Okorie Ani was earlier selected as the consensus choice of the party for the Senatorial seat after a stakeholders’ meeting in Ebonyi South Senatorial zone, leading to the withdrawal of Chief Austin Umahi, younger brother to the Minister of Works, from the Senatorial race.
The vacancy in the Ebonyi South Senatorial seat resulted from Sen. David Umahi’s resignation, triggering a fresh election mandated by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Speaking to journalist shortly after the primary election, the State Chairman of APC, Chief Stanley Emegha, said that Ani’s election was a collective decision made within the party.
“We critically analyse those who are fit and choose him based on his pedigree. The election was a family affair and a family is like an empire which you should build well to succeed.

“The APC listens to the voices of the masses and hearkens to their calls to subsequently do what they want, ” the APC chairman said.

Reacting to his electoral victory, Professor Ani said his choice for the position was like a dream for him and thanked the party leadership for adopting him as the choice candidate..

He said that he would strive to queue into the policies of the Federal and Ebonyi state governments to connect with the people.

Ani commended the support of the state Governor, Chief Francis Ogbonna Nwifuru, the Minister of works, Engr David Umahi, the state Chairman of the All Progressives Congress APC, Chief Stanley Okoro Emegha, the five council chairmen that makes up the Ebonyi South zone and indeed, all the stakeholders of the zone, promising not to disappoint the state and the people and will not take the opportunity given to him serve for granted.

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