A former Chief of Staff to Ex Gov Chimaroke Nnamani of Enugu State, and Chief Executive Officer of Pinnacle Oil and Gas, Mr Peter Mba, has emerged winner of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial primaries in the state.
Mbah, who was also Commissioner for Finance under the Nnamani administration, polled 790 votes in the primaries contested by nine aspirants.
His closest rival, Mr Chijioke Edeoga polled nine votes, followed by Mr Chinyeaka Ohaa with three votes while Sen. Ike Ekweremadu and Mr Chukwunta Gilbert pulled out of the exercise.
The other five contestants which included Prof. Hillary Edeoga, Mr Ken Onoh, Prof. Barth Nnaji, Sen. Gilbert Nnaji and scored nil votes.
Only three void votes were recorded in the primary election.
The Chairman of the PDP Gubernatorial Primaries Electoral Committee in Enugu State, Sen. Zik Sunday, who declared the result, described the process as “transparent, credible and peaceful”.
Sunday said that 812 delegates were accredited for the exercise with 807 votes cast.
He said that at the close of accreditation, two delegates from Oji River Local Government Area were absent.
The electoral committee chairman said that independent observers, including officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, were on the ground to monitor the exercise.
19 aspirants purchased the gubernatorial nomination form of the party.
However, prior to voting during the primaries, eight of the aspirants stepped down for Mba.
In his acceptance speech, the governorship candidate pledged to serve with humility and build on the success of the current administration if elected.
According to Mbah, it is our vision to transform our state with the support of the people of the state.