All Progressives Congress (APC) Ebonyi State yesterday produced two governorship candidates for the 2023 general election.

The candidates are the immediate past Chairman Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC), Elias Mbam and the embattled Speaker of the House of Assembly, Francis Nwifuru.
The two emerged through parallel congresses of the party.

The factions are Governor David Umahi’s group and Elias Mbam’s team otherwise known as Old APC.
The two factions held the primaries at different locations in Abakaiki, the state capital.

The Mbam faction used direct primaries and conducted its congress at the Mbam Campaign Office, Abakaiki while the Umahi faction used indirect primaries at the Pa Oruta Ngele Township Stadium.

While Mbam scored 741 votes in his factional primary, Nwifuru polled 743 votes in the other faction’s exercise.

A governorship aspirant in the APC, Senator Julius Ali Ucha, rejected the governorship primary election.

According to the aspirant, the exercise could be described as a celebrated fraud.

He called on the leadership of the party to annul it.

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