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Anambra governorship: Nwoye defeats Uba, others, emerges APC candidate

A 42-year-old medical doctor, Tony Nwoye, has emerged the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress for the November 18 poll in Anambra State.

Nwoye, in what was adjudged a very transparent and peaceful primary, beat Senator Andy Uba and APC’s national auditor, George Moghalu, and nine others to clinch the ticket.

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He polled 2,146 votes, while his closest rival, Uba, got 931 votes.

 Moghalu polled a total of 525 votes to come third in the race. Barth Nnaji, who came fourth in the contest, garnared 414 votes.

Born on 13th September, 1974, Nwoye went to Metropolitan Secondary School, Onitsha, for his secondary school education, from where he proceeded to study medicine at the University of Nigeria, Enugu campus; and Ebonyi State University, where he was inaugurated as a medical doctor.

Nwoye started his political career as a medical student where he functioned in different capacities. He later became the first medical student to become the speaker of the student union house of representatives in the University of Nigeria. He received an award from the then Vice Chancellor, Prof. Ginigeme Mbanefo, for the role he played in fighting cultism in the school.

He became the national president of the National Association Nigerian Students in December 2003.

He became Assistant Secretary of the Executive Committee of the Anambra State PDP in 2005 and by 2006, at the age of 31, he became the chairman of the State Executive Committee of the Anambra State PDP.

In 2013, he contested for the governorship seat of the state on the platform of the PDP, where he came second to the incumbent governor of the state, Willie Obiano, of the All Progressives Grand Alliance.

Nwoye is currently in the National Assembly, representing Anambra East/Anambra West constituency.

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