by crossriverwatch admin
As the Northern Caucus of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) prepares for the Saturday, September 6, 2014 screening of about 22 governorship aspirants from the northern senatorial district of the state, with each of them expected to give three hundred thousand (300,000) naira screening fee, competent sources informed CrossRiverWatch that the powers that be in the state want the Caucus to prune the aspirants to four.
Our Reporter gathered that the likely aspirants favored by the state government to scale through to the second round would be the embattled Speaker of the Cross River State House of Assembly, Hon. Larry Odey, the Special Adviser, Budget, Monitoring and Evaluation, and Acting Chairman, Cross River Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Ntufam Dr. Peter A. Oti,, the former Secretary to the State Government, and current Executive Secretary, National Planning Commission, Abuja, Chief Fidelis Ugbo, and the former Chairman of Bekwarra Local Government Council, and current Commissioner for Works in the State, Barr. Idagbo Legor.
The source also informed CrossRiverWatch that the Governor still has Hon. Odey at heart for the job because of his experience as Acting Governor for one month and one day; Ntufam Dr. Peter Oti for his frugal management of state resources and for being with the Imoke administration from inception.
Our source equally confided in CrossRiverWatch that Chief Fidelis Ugbo has been the man very close to the heart of the governor, and that though the earlier trust has been watered down as a result of some recent happenings, the governor still maintained some level of confidence in, Chief Ugbo.
Barr. Idagbo Legor, the Commissioner for Works is said to be one of the governor’s very close boys in the cabinet and it was for the reason of preparing him for the state number one political seat that he was drafted to the state Executive Council from the Local Government Council to understudy his boss in preparation to take over from him in 2015.
To add credence to the fact that Legor seems to be the person the Governor wished he takes over from him, one of the governor’s very close boys and Member Representing Abi in the CRSHA, Hon. John Gaul Lebor, has opened a political platform known as the “New Agenda Group”, which is projecting the governorship ambition of Barr. Legor.
The big question therefore is, would Hon. John Gaul ever attempt to embark on opening such political platform aimed at supporting one of the aspirants from the north without the consent of his master or has he fallen apart with the governor?
Competent sources however maintain that the worries of the governor is not how to avoid hurting the numerous aspirants including the four most favored, but how to prevent one of the aspirant, Mr. Goddy Jedy Agba from emerging as the governorship candidate of the party from the north.
What will happen on Saturday will certainly give a new view on the political chess game towards 2015 in the state, and Cross Riverians are watching very keenly.
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