Senator Prince Bassey Otu, who represented Cross River Southern Senatorial District in the 7th Senate has emerged consensus candidate of the All Progressives Party in Cross River State.
The agreement which was reached today, at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja had in attendance the state governor, Ben Ayade, Cross River State APC chairman, Barr Alphonsus Eva and some of his Excos, and all governorship aspirants.
The choice of Sen. Otu as the APC governorship candidate for the 2023 election in the state was unanimous.
“it was an unanimous decision by all present. APC in Cross River State is one and we are ready to face the main election”, said our source.
With this, Senator Otu will be contesting against the candidate of the main opposition party in the state, the PDP.
APC leadership in the state had earlier set up a 7 man committee to prune the number of aspirants vying to succeed Governor Ben Ayade. The committee headed by Senator Ndoma Egba met last week and temporarily suspended its result until now.
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Senator Otu who has a massive followership across political party lines in the state will be expected to pull his large followership to retain power in the APC come 2023.
Meanwhile, the Chancellor and owner of Arthur Jarvis University, who is also a gubernatorial aspirant in Cross River State under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Sir Arthur Jarvis Archibong has emerged as the Cross River State Southern concensus aspirant ahead of the party’s gubernatorial primary.
Jarvis who polled the majority votes during the Southern Senatorial district PDP leaders’ meeting, was named the unanimous choice of the Southern Senatorial district against other aspirants; Senator Gershom Bassey, Rt. Hon. Daniel Asuquo, Barr. Efiok Cobham, Amb. Nkoyo Toyo, etc.
With this development, Arthur Jarvis is likely to face Senator Prof. Sandy Ojang Onor, who’s the only aspirant from the Central Senatorial District, in the PDP gubernatorial primary next week.
It is yet unclear if other Southern aspirants will accept the decision of the leaders.