The gubernatorial primaries of the All Progressive Grand Alliance in Abia state has produced two candidates. Dr. Alex Otti, the 2015 governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance ( APGA ) and Chief Chikwe Udensi have respectively emerged as 2019 governorship candidates of APGA.
The election took place at two separate venues in the state capital, Umuahia. At a primary held at the APGA party secretariat located along Ikot Ekpene road Otti emerged winner with a total vote of 574 while 36 were invalid out of the 610 votes castes by accredited delegates. It was presided over by Rev Augustine Ehiemere.
The other primary was held by the Nnanna Ukaegbu led faction at Kolpin Society Locust Housing Estate, Umuahia, Udensi garnered 532 votes, while Otti scored 57. 27 votes were void.
The returning officer, Barr. Carol Dike-Okoroafor, the National Welfare Officer of APGA, who supervised the guber primary at Ikot Ekpene road described the election which held at Kolpin Society where Udensi emerged as null and void.
According to Okoroafor, they were at the secretariat to affirm the adoption of Otti whose name and picture appeared on the ballot paper. She said that the only election recognized by the leadership of the party was the one that she supervised with personnel of the Independent National Electoral Commission led by Madam Bridget Izuka.
Addressing his supporters after the primaries, Otti promised that he was going to take the state from its present state of economic downtown to progress and economic boom.
He added that he was confident that the party will take over the seat of power in the state in 2019.
Otti also promised to end the sufferings of the people and said that he will not dip his hands into the pocket of the state.