Sunday, September 30, 2018 11:04 pm
Gov David Umahi of Ebonyi has emerged the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) for the state governorship election in 2019.
Umahi emerged the sole aspirant for the office in the absence of any other contestant.
Announcing the result, the Chairman of the panel, Sen Joy Emordi said Umahi polled 1988 votes to emerge as the party’s flag bearer.
She said that despite the fact that Umahi was a sole aspirant for the position, the decision to go into normal election was based on the party internal democracy.
Emordi said it would also enable the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) to monitor the proceedings.
The onetime senator, who expressed satisfaction with the outcome of the congress, described the exercise as `orderly, peaceful and organized’.
In his acceptance speech, Umahi said he was humbled by the show of solidarity and commitment of the members of PDP and the Ebonyi people in general which had enabled him to achieve monumental development in the state within three years in office.
The candidate said the party flag given to him to run on its platform for the next four years as governor was a call to serve and do more work.
He said that his first tenure had been memorable and witnessed unprecedented development and pledged to do more if elected for a second term.
Umahi thanked the leadership of the party at levels for providing a level playing field for all aspirants to contest in all the positions.