… PDP Second, APC 3rd
An opinion survey conducted by an Owerri-based independent firm, Swift Multi-media, has tipped the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) candidate, Dr. Charles Onyirimba, as the most likely person to win the 31st October senatorial bye-election in the zone going by the result of the survey.
According to the report made available to this newspaper, the survey was conducted on a total number of 3,020 registered voters cutting across all 64 electoral wards in the zone between 14th September and 13th October 2020.
The report further indicated that out of the 3020 registered voters who were interviewed on their preferred candidate to win the forthcoming bye-election, 1,121 respondents representing 37% spoke in favor of Dr Charles Onyirimba of APGA.
The report also showed that the People’s Democratic Party candidate, Chief Emma Okewulonu came second with 981 respondents representing 32% favouring his aspiration.
The survey further showed that Sir Frank Ibezim of All Progressive Congress (APC) was the second runner-up polling 663 respondents on his side representing 21% out of the total respondents of 3020 interviewed.
The Accord candidate was rated next in the survey with 241 respondents representing 8% favouring him.
The report noted that 8 respondents were undecided over their choices of a candidate while 6 respondents did not co-operate with the interviewers both representing 0.5%.
In a related development, the APGA candidate, Dr Charles Onyirimba has emerged tops in a 5- point evaluation of the strength of the parties and their candidates for the election conducted by Swift Multi-Media.
The five points under which the evaluations were made included: Strength of the party of the candidate, the financial strength of the candidate, Public appeal of the candidate, Integrity Status of the candidate and Relevant contacts and connections available to the candidate
To emerge winner in the evaluation, Onyirimba scored four points under party strength, scored five points under financial strength, made nine points under public appeal and another 8 points under Integrity status and finally polled five points under contacts and connections.
In all, Onyirimba polled 31 points as against the 28 points scored by his closest rival in the evaluation, Chief Emma Okewulonu. In the five sub-divisions, the PDP candidate scored six points under party strength, seven points under financial strength, five points under public appeal, another five points under Integrity Status and yet another five points under contacts and connections.
Frank Ibezim of APC garnered 25 points to place third ahead of the Accord candidate.