Charles Soludo, former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has won the Anambra governorship primary election of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).
The total number of accredited delegates who participated in the election was 795 while 792 votes were cast.
Soludo secured 740 votes to defeat Ezenwankwo Christopher who polled 41 votes, ThankGod Ibe who had 4 votes, and Okolo Chibuzor who got seven votes.
He will represent the party in the governorship election scheduled to hold on November 6.
The primary election took place on Wednesday in Awka, Anambra state capital.
Willie Obiano, Anambra state governor, and other stakeholders of the party were present at the event.
While the primary exercise was in full gear, the national working committee of a faction of the party led by Jude Okeke announced the suspension of Soludo from the party.
Ikechukwu Chukwunyere, the national publicity secretary of the faction, said Soludo was suspended due to activities threatening the unity of the party.
The former CBN governor had in February announced his intention to run for the governorship of Anambra state.
While throwing his hat in the ring, Soludo had promised to use his international network to transform the state.
He also praised the administration of Willie Obiano, incumbent governor of Anambra, describing him as one of the best in the country.
“Anambra is doing well under Obiano and my mission is to continue and complete all the legacy projects of the governor,” he had said.
Weeks after declaring his interest in the governorship election, Soludo was attacked by gunmen at an interactive town hall meeting in Isuofia, Aguata LGA of Anambra state.
Three police officers providing security for him were killed in the attack, while Emeka Ezenwanne, the Anambra commissioner for public utilities, was abducted.