Dr Tony Nwoye has emerged the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the November 18 governorship election in Anambra State.

Nwoye is a member of the House of Representatives, who represents Anambra East and Anambra West Constituency.

He polled 2,146 votes to defeat his closest rival, Senator Andy Uba, who scored 931 votes in the party’s primary election conducted on Saturday.

George Muoghalu scored 525 votes to place third, while Ms Adaobi Uchegbu, the only female aspirant, got just a vote.

The result of the contest was announced on Sunday by the Chairman of the APC Governorship Primary Election for Anambra, Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State.

The election started on Saturday at the Dora Akunyili Women Development Centre, Awka, and extended to about 4.10 p.m. local time on Sunday.

Shettima said that total votes cast were 4,332, out of which 4,302 votes were valid and 31 votes were voided.

The total figure, according to him, tallied with the number of ballot papers brought by the committee for the election.

Shettima described the election, which was contested by 12 aspirants as “very tedious”, but the “easiest” he had ever taken part in.

“It was an easy one for us as an umpire because none of the members of the committee has personal interest and that was why we did our best to make the election free, fair and credible,” he said.

While presenting a copy of the election result to Nwoye, Shettima urged him to do everything to ensure that the APC won the November 18 governorship poll.

In his acceptance speech, Nwoye described the process that led to his emergence as “thorough” and promised to lead the party to victory.

Nwoye, a medical doctor and former President of National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), was born on September 13, 1974.

He studied medicine at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) and at the Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki.

The APC candidate hails from Nsugbe in Anambra East Local Government Area, the same area with incumbent governor of the state, Mr Willie Obiano.

He is a former Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Anambra and its governorship candidate in the 2013 election.