By Sylvia Etta
Over sixty members of the Odukpani Caucus of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party PDP, led by the Leader of the caucus, Professor Ndem Ayara, on Sunday night drilled aspirants for the Cross River State government house, Peregrino House in 2015.
Aspirants started arriving the Channels View Hotel venue of the meeting as early as 7pm. Early arrivals included Legor Idagbo, Gerald Adah, Tanko Ashang, Peter Ojie with Mike Aniah and Peter Oti joining later.
Caucus members met with aspirants behind closed doors one after the other.
CrossRiverWatch gathered from one of the caucus members that each aspirant was given 30minutes to respond to 4 questions.
Prepared questionnaires and score sheets were given to caucus members to personally rate the aspirants based on their informed opinion from the answers they give to the questions posed at them.
The questions were centered chiefly around, familiarity with the terrain, relationship with the party, public perception of the aspirant, ability to convince and persuade consensus and public opinion, popularity, program amongst others.
More aspirants were expected at the meeting but several of them did not show up. But we gathered from some of the caucus members that aspirants who did not come have been calling and asking for a rescheduled meeting to afford them the opportunity to present their own program.
The state Deputy Governor, Efiok Cobham and Senator Bassey Otu are members of the caucus.
One of the caucus members told CrossRiverWatch that, “Tanko Ashang and Mike Aniah were particularly very brilliant and erudite in their presentations. For me, if this thing is by merit, they seem to be the most clear headed from what we saw that day, though many have yet to come.”
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