Ex-lawmaker emerges Rivers Action Alliance gov candidate
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 State commissioner for Energy and Natural Resources, emerged as the sole candidate after he polled 93 votes during a subtituted primary election conducted in Port Harcourt on Wednesday morning.
The primary was witnessed by representatives of the Independent National Electoral Commission, the Department of State Services, and the police.
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 very simple one which the state chairman of the party can handle, but because Rivers State is unique for the party.
“It is our intention to take over Rivers 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 party’s subtituted primary panel, Ata Joesph said,” By the powers conferred on me by the leadership of the Action Alliance, I stand on that ground to declare Dr. Dawari George as the winner of the governorship subtitution primary having scored 93 votes.”
In his victory speech, George said,” Today, after wide consultations across different strata of society, and in line with my personal conviction of a divine call to service.
“I accept my election as the flag bearer of the Action Alliance (AA) and consequently offer myself to the electorate and the good people of Rivers State to contest for the dignified office of the Governor of our dear Rivers State.
“2023 offers a defining moment for us as a people to take a significant leap towards the actualization of the dreams of our founding fathers who envisioned a united and prosperous State for all – 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.
Dawari, a former ally to the immediate past Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, resigned his membership of the APC on July 8, 2022.