By Magnus Effiong
The Senator representing Cross River Central in the Red Chamber, Sandy Ojang Onor, has emerged the governorship candidate of People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in Cross River state.
Senator Onor defeated his closest rival, Senator Gershom Bassey who represent Cross River South in the Senate, with 236 votes while Bassey polled 175 votes.
Member representing Akamkpa/Biase in the House of Representatives, Rt Hon Daniel Asuquo came third with 147 votes. Sir Arthur Jarvis Archibong scored 6 votes, Ambassador Nkoyo Toyo polled 4 votes, Filia Henshaw Etim 2 votes, and Ima Nsa Adegoke 1 vote. No vote was recorded for Mkpang Coco-Bassey.
Before the commencement of the exercise, former deputy governor, Efiok Cobham had pulled out of the race.
His withdrawal letter, which was cited by our reporter, said “I wish to formally inform you of my decision to withdraw from the 2023 gubernatorial race effective today, the 26th May, 2022.
“This decision is born out of a careful thought and consideration of the situation on ground and in the interest of our people. I thank all my committed supporters and admirers, the party stakeholders and the good people of Cross River State for their show of love and support while my campaign lasted.”
Announcing the result, Chairman of the primary election panel, Babajide Coker, said 591 delegates were accredited and that total valid votes was 571 while 20 were voided.
He said Sandy Onor, having scored the highest number of votes won the primary election.
In his brief remarks, Senator Onor lauded the committee for doing a transparent job and promised to “return Cross River to where it used to be” when he is elected governor in next year election.
He also commended his fellow aspirants for running a good race, and beckon on them to join hands with him to rescue Cross River state for the good of the people.