Rivers APC: Magnus Abe and Tonye Cole emerge winners in parallel primaries

Two candidates, Senator Magnus Abe and Tonye Cole, emerged winners of the parallel governorship primaries conducted by both factions of the All Progressives Congress in Rivers State.

Senator Abe was declared winner of the Sunday’s direct governorship primaries conducted in the three senatorial districts of Rivers State by the APC.

He was declared the winner after he got 144, 929 votes.

He was closely followed by Lulu Briggs who got 3,444, Dawari George got 1,606 and Tonye Cole who got 882.

Cole came out victorious in the indirect governorship primary conducted by the Rotimi Amaechi-led APC in Port Harcourt on Sunday when he polled 3,329 votes while his closest rival, Dawari George, got 491 votes.

Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs came a distant third with 38 votes while Abe got one vote.

Before the primaries, a governorship aspirant on the platform of the APC in the state, Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs, accused the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, of trying to impose his preferred aspirant, Tonye Cole, on the party.

Lulu-Briggs also claimed that certain persons had been handpicked from various wards as delegates to the primary in breach of the party’s constitution and guidelines.

He explained that names were being added and deleted from the delegates’ list.

Lulu-Briggs, however, called for the postponement of the governorship primary in the state, saying this was necessary in order to enhance transparency.

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