Listen to article
A former member of the House of Representatives, Linus Okorie, who represented Ohaozara, Onicha and Ivo Federal Constituency in the National Assembly, has been declared as the Ebonyi South senatorial candidate of the Labour Party (LP).
Okorie had in the 2023 general election contested for the same senatorial seat but lost to the former Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi, who later resigned to become the Minister of Works.
He emerged as the winner in the primary election held at Amuro/Mgbom Community Primary School field, Afikpo North Local Government Area, the headquarters of the Senatorial District.
The Chairman of the Electoral Committee, Comrade Ayo Olorufemi, who declared Okorie as the winner, said that three aspirants participated in the primary election.
He noted that Okorie won with 40 votes, defeating Nwabueze Ogo Eze, 10 votes, and Fred Okereke, seven votes.
The National Chairman of the Labour Party, Julus Abure, had in a statement signed and made available to newsmen in Abakaliki, said the primary election was monitored by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
In a related development, Professor Anthony Ani, an academician in Agricultural Extension at the Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO), Imo State, has been announced as the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for the Ebonyi South Senatorial bye-election scheduled for February 3rd, 2024.
Announcing the outcome of the primary election held at the Afikpo Local Government Council headquarters in Afikpo, the Chairman of the electoral panel, Akin Akinsehinwa, stated that Ani secured 281 out of the 285 votes cast.
Ani was selected as the consensus choice 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 Eastern Updates reports that 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).