Mr Ndudi Elumelu, Minority Leader, House of Representatives, has secured a return ticket as the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for a third term to represent the Aniocha/Oshimili Federal Constituency of Delta.
Elumelu on Sunday, May 22, polled a total of 80 votes out of the total votes cast by 132 delegates at the House of Representatives primary election held in Asaba.
His closest rival, Princess Pat Ajudua, polled 35 votes while Mr Kanyinebi Mobushi got 17 votes.
The Returning Officer, Chief Funkekeme Solomon, declared Elumelu the winner of the contest for polling the highest number of votes; in what he described as free, fair and transparent election.
According to Solomon, at the close of voting, 132 delegates were accredited, no void votes; and all the votes were counted.
“At the end, Mr Kanyinebi Mobushi, scored 17 votes; Mrs Pat Ajudua, scored 35 votes while Mr Ndudi Elumelu, scored 80 votes.
“Elumelu, having scored the highest votes, is hereby declared the winner; and returned as the candidate of the PDP for the Aniocha/Oshimili Federal Constituency in the 2023 general election,” Solomon said.
Speaking after his declaration as the winner; Elumelu assured his constituents of more robust representation and dividends of democracy.
He said though he emerged top in the primaries, there was no loser as it was a family affair and not a contest.
Elumelu thanked the governor, the PDP and the people of the constituency for giving him the platform to serve.
He expressed confidence that PDP would win the general elections without hitch in the state and at the centre.
Meanwhile, the Chief Whip of the Senate, Sen. Orji Kalu, says the North East remains the only alternative to South East presidency.
Orji Kalu, in a statement on Sunday, May 22, in Abuja, reaffirmed his support to the North East in the absence of the Presidency being zoned to the South East by political parties.
He said his position was because no Igbo man loved the Igbo people than he does.
A foremost nationalist, Chief Mbazuluike Amechi, had criticised Orji Kalu for seemingly abandoning the quest for South East presidency; and throwing his weight behind Senate President Ahmed Lawan.
Orji Kalu who had been advocating for a South East presidency in 2023, had also in January announced his personal interest in the office.
However, in a recent statement, the former governor of Abia said he decided to withdraw from the race; since there was “no zoning in APC’’.
“I have known Chief Mbazuluike Amaechi for the past 30 years; and I have great respect for him.
“However, I totally disagree with him and his opinion about my support for the Senate President, Dr Ahmad Lawan.
“If we should stick to every of the expectations enumerated in the statement he allegedly signed; we would be making similar mistakes we made in the past.
“There is no Igbo man that loves Igbo people more than I do,’’ Kalu said.