Fubara Siminialayi, the Rivers State Accountant General , has emerged as the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) governorship candidate for the 2023 general elections.
Siminalayi’s victory in the gubernatorial primary comes just 24 hours after the EFCC declared him and four other Rivers State government officials wanted for suspected N117 billion fraud, alleged criminal conspiracy, money laundering, theft of public funds, and abuse of power.
“We call on anyone with useful information as to the whereabouts of the Account-General to contact any of the Agency’s offices or the nearest police station or other security agencies,” EFCC Head of Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren had said in a statement.
Governor Nyesome Wike’s preferred candidate for the 2023 gubernatorial election is said to be Siminialayi.
He won the primary election in Port Harcourt after defeating nine other candidates and receiving 721 votes out of 980 polled.
Party delegates from the state’s 23 local government areas came to the Obi Wali International Conference Centre in Port Harcourt on Wednesday morning, and accreditation was finished about 2 p.m., but voting did not begin until approximately 6:10 p.m.
Prof. Walter Mboto, the Chairman of the Electoral Committee, led three others in announcing the election results.
Former deputy governor, Tele Ikuru; Felix Obuah, immediate past Chairman of the PDP in the state; Dr. Tammy Danagogo, Secretary to the State Government; George Kelly, Special Adviser to Governor Wike on Projects; and Dr. Abiye Sekibo, former Minister of Transportation were among those who ran in the primaries.
Meanwhile, despite starting the procedure, several of the candidates, including Danagogo, Sekibo, former senator, Lee Maeba, Gabriel Pidomson, and Obuah, boycotted it.