Billionaire Tonye Cole win Rivers APC governorship primary

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APC governorship candidate in Rivers Tonye Cole
APC governorship candidate in Rivers Tonye Cole
Oil mogul Tonye Cole has emerged APC governorship candidate in Rivers
Oil mogul Tonye Cole has emerged APC governorship candidate in Rivers

The All Progressives Congress (APC) delegates for the Rivers governorship primary election have elected Mr Tonye Cole, a Lagos based billionaire as the 2019 governorship  candidate of  the party.

Col. Lawal Isa (Rtd.), Chairman, APC Governorship Primary Election Committee for Rivers, announced that Cole, an oil mogul,  secured 3,329 votes to defeat other aspirants.

Isa commended the delegates for the peaceful manner they conducted themselves during the voting at the Igboukwu Field in Port Harcourt on Saturday.

He stated that Dr. Dawari George secured 491 votes, Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs secured 38 votes and Senator Magnus Abe one vote.

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He said that a total of 18 votes were declared invalid.

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Sen Abe and Chief Lulu-Briggs were absent during the election. No agent represented the duo.

However, Abe organised a parallel primary, which returned him as the governorship candidate.

The result was announced by Dr Sam Eligwe, the Returning Officer for the faction at the  secretariat controlled by the faction in Port Harcourt.

According to Eligwe,  Abe won with 144,929 votes..

Chief  Dumo Lulu-Briggs, who polled 3,444 votes, came a distant second while Dr Dawari George scored 1606 and Dr Tonye Cole got 882 votes in the results announced.