Media entrepreneur Dumebi Kachikwu has defeated Kingsley Moghalu to emerge the presidential flagbearer of the African Democratic Congress.
Kachikwu gathered 977 votes to whisk Moghalu, who got 339, out of the race. Coming as third runner-up, Chukwu Monye got 330 votes during the party convention in Abeokuta on Wednesday night.
Mr. Kachikwu’s victory was objected to by opponents who claimed the Roots Nigeria CEO “dollarised” the process by bribing delegates.
“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,” Mr. Monye said. “Will communicate who we will support.”
Mr. Kachikwu is the younger brother of former minister Ibe Kachikwu.
Premium politics had earlier reported that Mr. Moghalu, an economist and former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, said he was prepared to retire Atiku Abubakar and Bola Tinubu and set Nigeria on prosperity.