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Ex-lawmaker emerges Rivers Action Alliance governorship candidate

By Ann Godwin, Port Harcourt
11 August 2022   |   2:41 am
A former member of the House of Representatives, Dr. Dawari George, has emerged as the governorship candidate of the Action Alliance in Rivers State for the 2023 elections.

[FILES] Rivers state. (Photo by PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP)

A former member of the House of Representatives, Dr. Dawari George, has emerged as the governorship candidate of the Action Alliance in Rivers State for the 2023 elections.

George, a former Rivers Commissioner for Energy and Natural Resources, emerged the sole candidate after he polled 93 votes during a substituted primary election conducted in Port Harcourt, yesterday.

Dawari, a former ally to the immediate past Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, resigned his membership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on July 8, 2022.

Representatives of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the Department of State Services (DSS) and the police witnessed the primary election.

Speaking, the National Chairman of the party, Kenneth Udeze, said though George was a sole candidate, the primary had to be conducted through the option A-4 mode in line with the Electoral Act.

Udeze added: “This election is a simple one, which the state chairman of the party can handle, and because Rivers is unique for the party.”

“It is our intention to take over the state in 2023, and that is why I am here. Not just for me, but the national leadership of the party.”

The chairman of the governorship substitution primary panel of the party, Ata Joesph, said: “By the powers conferred on me by the leadership of the Action Alliance, I declare Dr. Dawari George the winner of the governorship substitution primary, having scored 93 votes.”

In his victory speech, George said: “Today, after consultations across different strata of society, and in line with my conviction of a divine call to service, I accept my election as the flag bearer of the AA and offer myself to the electorate and the people of Rivers to contest for the office of governor of our state.

“2023 offers a defining moment for us as a people to take a significant leap towards actualisation of the dreams of our founding fathers, who envisioned a united and prosperous state for indigenes and residents.”

The chairman of the governorship primary panel also announced the names of seven candidates who emerged for the state House of Assembly election.

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