Crisis In In Cross River APC Over Consensus On Running Mate

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The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Cross River State is divided over who should be the running mate for Prince Bassey Otu, who is from the state’s southern district and is running for governor.

Prior to this, Hon. Peter Odey, the majority leader in the State House of Assembly and representative of the Ogoja State Constituency in the state’s north, was thought to be the best candidate to serve as the party’s deputy governor.

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However, important party participants in the State, including a former governorship candidate, have expressed divergent opinions and called for agreement on who should be the real deputy governorship candidate in the 2023 election.

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They have expressed concern that, contrary to Section 187 of the nation’s constitution, the governorship candidate himself has not been given the freedom to select his own running mate.

“We are forced to note that the constitutional provision in the case of our party, the APC, in Cross River State has not been followed,” they wrote in a letter dated July 26, 2022, addressed to the State Governor.

“Senator Bassey Otu, our governorship candidate, has not been granted the constitutional right granted to him to nominate another candidate.”

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The stakeholders cited the constitution as prohibiting the incumbent governor from selecting or imposing a candidate on the candidate for governor, as is the case in Cross River State APC.

They emphasized that a majority of the stakeholders found it very odd and unacceptable that important party stakeholders were not included in the selection of candidates for the deputy governorship.

If not immediately addressed, “this alienation of the critical stakeholders” could negatively impact their “utmost commitment and zeal to contribute assiduously to efforts aimed at ensuring a total and resounding victory for the party at all levels in the upcoming 2023 general elections.”

They let the governor know that the situation is alarming.

They demanded a review of Odey’s nomination or selection, which was allegedly made without consulting important party stakeholders.

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“The process should be open to more extensive consultations in order to reach a consensus before the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has set a deadline for candidate substitutions to end.”

In order to effectively support our governorship candidate on our path to making history by returning to the Peregrino House in 2023, they emphasized that “whoever will emerge as the consensus deputy governorship candidate should be one with electoral value, competence, and general acceptability.”



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