Former National Chairman of the All-Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole has clinched the ticket of the party to contest for Edo North Senatorial District in the Senate by defeating incumbent lawmaker Francis Alimikhena.
Announcing the result on Saturday, Festus Ebia, returning officer for the primary, said Oshiomhole polled 309 votes, while Alimikhena got five votes from a total of 320 delegates said to have participated in the exercise.
However, Alimikhena had earlier announced his resignation from the party.
The lawmaker conveyed his resignation from the ruling party in a letter dated May 27 and addressed to Abdullahi Adamu, APC’s national chairman.
The senator said he withdrew from the primary and resigned from the party because of “injustice”.
“I write to notify you that I have withdrawn from the primary election as a result of injustice and also withdrawn my membership from the party, All Progressive Congress (APC),” he said.
Meanwhile, thugs, on Saturday, invaded the venue of the primary conducted by the APC to elect a candidate for Imo East Senatorial District.
Betty, the wife of Rotimi Akeredolu, governor of Ondo, who is one of the aspirants for the senatorial seat, was chased from the venue by the thugs.
Speaking with journalists at the Imo APC secretariat after security operatives brought the situation under control, Betty urged the national working committee (NWC) of the APC to reject any plan by the party in the state to present a consensus candidate for Imo East District.
According to her, no election has been conducted for the APC senatorial ticket for the area.
“I am pleading with the NWC of our party to know that any result coming from this kangaroo election from Imo state for Imo East senatorial district should be rejected. There was no election,” she said.
“I am not part of the consensus plan. Consensus my foot! Let’s go to the field. If I lose, I will accept it and congratulate the winner.”
Betty, who hails from Emeabiam in Owerri West LGA of the state is contesting against four other aspirants — Alex Mbata, Kemdi Opara, Jerry Chukwueke and Ugochukwu Nwachukwu.