Uche Sampson Ogah, the Former Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development, has won the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship ticket in Abia State.
The gubernatorial primary election held across the 184 wards of the 17 local government areas of the state.
The emergence of Ogah at the end of the governorship primaries on Friday morning followed an announcement by the Returning Officer, Barrister Perfect Okorie, in Umuahia, the state capital.
Okorie after the final collation of votes cast totaling 195,801 said Ogah polled 141,952 votes to beat his closest rival, Paul Ikonne who scored 27,054.
Other gubernatorial aspirants that participated in the direct primary election include, Chief Ikechi Emenike who polled 9,446, Emeka Atuma with 7,429, Obinna Oriaku with 5,553, Alex Otti scored 2,414 and Daniel Eke who got 1,953 at the keenly contested direct primaries.
Ogah will face the candidate of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Professor Uche Ikonne, and others in the 2023 election.