Bassey Otu emerges APC governorship candidate in Cross River


Governor Bassey Edet Otu

By George Odok/Calabar

Sen. Bassey Otu, a former lawmaker who represented Cross River South in the National Assembly, has emerged governorship flag bearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Otu scored 811 votes at the party’s governorship primary election, held at the U.J Esuene Stadium in Calabar.

Sen. John Owan-Enoh got 84 votes and Mr Chris Agara, 63 votes.

The exercise, which began after accreditation of voters on Thursday May 26, ended at the early hours of Friday May 27.

Senator Bassey Otu at the U.J. Esuene Stadium venue of the primary
Senator Bassey Otu at the U.J. Esuene Stadium venue of the primary

The result was announced by the Chairman of the party’s Primary Election Committee, Mr Mohammed Kolo.

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NAN reports that other aspirants had earlier withdrawn from the contest.

Chairman of the APC in Cross River, Mr Alphonsus Eba, congratulated Otu on his victory which he described as ‘landslide’.

Also, Amb. Soni Abang, the Director General of Otu’s Campaign Organisation, congratulated the former lawmaker over his emergence as the APC flag bearer in the state, and appealed to the electorates to vote massively for Otu in the 2023 general election.

Mr Peter Odey, Leader of Cross River House of Assembly and member representing Ogoja State Constituency, expressed confidence that Otu will win the state for APC in 2023.

He thanked Gov. Ben Ayade of the state for keeping to his words in ensuring that a candidate from the southern part of the state emerge with a view to returning power to Cross River South.

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