Media Executive Dumebi Kachikwu has defeated Kingsley Moghalu at the presidential convention of the African Democratic Congress.
Kachikwu scored 977 votes against Mr Moghalu’s 589 votes. Chukwuka Monye came third with 339 votes at the primary exercise in Abeokuta on Wednesday night.
Kachikwu’s victory, immediately slammed by opponents, who said the Roots Nigeria CEO “dollarised” the process by bribing delegates.
Delegates were chosen from the 36 states of the union as well as the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Twelve candidates competed for the coveted post, five of them were women and seven of whom were males. Two of them did not participate in the workout, and one of them, Mani Ibrahim, withdrew from the race.
Prior to the exercise, the former CBN deputy governor promised to beat the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential aspirants Bola Tinubu and Atiku Abubakar in the 2023 elections.
In October 2021, Moghalu joined the ADC, and in the 2019 elections, he was the YPP’s presidential candidate.
“I appreciate Prof. Moghalu and other credible aspirants for a spirited fight even though we didn’t make it. The fight to rescue this country from the brink of disaster is still on. Monye is committed to this.” Morris Monye, brother to Chukwuka Monye, said. “We will communicate who we will support.
Recall that Mr Moghalu, an economist and former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, had said before the primaries that he was prepared to retire Atiku Abubakar and Bola Tinubu and set Nigeria on the path of prosperity.