By Magnus Effiong, Calabar
The city of Calabar, the Cross River state capital was thrown into jubilation late Thursday night as Senator Bassey Edet Otu was overwhelmingly elected the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state.
The Senator defeated his rivals, Sen John Owan Enoh and Chief Chris Agara in what has been described as ‘landslide,’ during the primary election of the party which took place at the UJ Esuene Stadium, Calabar.
While Senator Otu, who his admirers and supporters nicknamed ‘Sweet Prince’ due to his philanthropic disposition, scored 811votes, Senator Owan Enoh polled 84 and Chief Agara, 63 votes.
The Chairman of the Primary Election Committee, Mr. Nma Kolo, who declared ‘Sweet Prince’ winner, said the Senator scored the highest number of votes cast at the primary election with 811 votes and would represent the party in the main governorship election next year.
Recall that the initial controversy which surrounded the clearance of the Odukpani-born Senator was quashed through a letter to that effect from the National Secretariat of the party.
The letter, which was signed by the National Publicity Secretary, HE Sulaiman Muhammad Argungu, titled ‘Clearance of Bassey Edet Otu’, and addressed to the Chairman, 2022 Governorship Primary Election Committee, said the winner of the primary had already been cleared.
“Please be informed that Mr. Bassey Edet Otu has been cleared to participate in the Governorship Primary Election.
“To this end, it will be appreciated if he is accorded all respect and privileges deserving of a Governorship aspirant in Cross Rivers State,” the letter stated.
For now, the contest would be between Senator Bassey Otu from the Southern part of the State and Senator Sandy Onor from Cross River Central who had earlier emerged the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, the same day.