ENUGU, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA)– Dawari George, former member of the House of Representatives, has emerged the Rivers State gubernatorial candidate of the Action Alliance (AA), for the 2023 elections.
Dawari, a political ally of former Transportation Minister, Rotimi Amaechi, had last month, denounced his membership of his All Progressives Congress, (APC).
Through a substituted election, the former lawmaker who was the sole gubernatorial contender, polled an aggregate of 93 votes to emerge winner of the ticket on Wednesday.
The guber primary was witnessed by representatives of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), some members of the Department of State Services (DSS) and the Police.
In his remarks, the National Chairman of the party, Kenneth Udeze, said though Mr. George was a sole candidate, the primary was conducted through the option A-4 mode in line with the electoral act.
“It is our intention to take over Rivers State in 2023 and that is why I am here. Not just for me, but the national leadership of the party,” Udeze said.
The Chairman, Governorship Substituted Primary Panel, Ata-Joseph Esuiku said: “By the powers conferred on me by national of the leadership of the Action Alliance, I stand here to declare Dr. Dawari George as winner of the governorship substitution primary having scored 93 votes.”
While accepting the result, the new governorship candidate said: “Today, I accept my election as the flag bearer of the Action Alliance (AA) and consequently offer myself to the electorate and the good people of Rivers State to contest for the dignified office of the Governor of our dear Rivers State.
“2023 offers a defining moment for us as a people to take a significant leap towards the actualization of the dreams of our founding fathers who envisioned a united and prosperous State for all – indigenes and residents.”