Despite joining the party barely a week following his defection from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Umana Umana, a former secretary to the Akwa Ibom government, has clinched the All Progressives Congress, APC, governorship ticket.
Mr. Umana will represent the APC in next year’s Akwa Ibom governorship election.
Shortly after he was declared winner in the elections held at the old Uyo stadium, thousands of his supporters trooped to his private residence for a victory party that lasted till the early hours of Friday.
Some of the prominent supporters at the victory party included Ime Umana, who joined in chanting, dancing and jubilating over the victory.
Mr. Umanah dedicated the victory to God and attributed his win to the resilience of the Akwa Ibom people.
According to Ime Umanah, the victory “signalled the beginning of a revolution to free Akwa Ibom people from the slavery of the last eight years under Godswill Akpabio.”
He urged all supporters of the party to mend their differences and go all out during the elections proper and ensure that Mr. Umana was elected as governor of Akwa Ibom State come February 28, 2015.
Witnesses said the election had become violent at some point, and that at least one person was shot.
Mr. Umana was in the contest against a former minister of state for Federal Capital Territory, Akpan Udoedehe, and a former military governor of Rivers State, Sam Enwang.