By John Ushie
Some members of the Cross River PDP Northern Caucus have confided in CrossRiverWatch that the battle for the PDP governorship ticket may just narrow down to “Legor and the rest.”
Having zoned the governorship to the northern senatorial district of the State, the Northern caucus of the ruling party has been saddled with the task of screening and reducing the number of aspirants from the zone before the primaries by November 29.
Initial attempt to conduct the exercise ran into murky waters and was counseled but the caucus eventually met with the aspirants early in the month at the Ogoja Council Hall but was still unable to resolve the issue of reducing the aspirants from the current 26 to a manageable number.
The chairman of the caucus, Chief Linus Okom, (Ada Bekwara), in his closing remarks, had warned that if the caucus is unable to reduce the number, all the aspirants will be allowed to go to the primaries.
CrossRiverWatch gathered that the caucus is planning to meet again on Saturday, October 18, 2014 to continue interaction with the aspirants with a view to seeing how some can step down for others.
But some of the senior members of the caucus who spoke with CrossRiverWatch under anonymity gave the indication that the battle for the PDP governorship ticket in the state may just zero down to the former Commissioner for Works, Legor Idagbo and two or three others.
One of the caucus members who is also a member of the PDP Elders Forum who spoke to us said: “Don’t forget that forms were given to caucus members across the LGAs to rate the aspirants as they make their presentations in their respective interactive sessions. Information reaching us is that Legor Idagbo is scoring very interesting ratings and has a large appeal amongst the caucus members. If you ask me, the battle will zero in to him and say two or three others at the end of the day and that will be good for us in the north.”
Another member of the caucus told CrossRiverWatch that: “I am sure that if we reduce the number to five, Legor will be one of them, even if the number is reduced to three, Legor will still be part of the three. He has done well from the interactive sessions from what we gathered and he will be able to represent the north”
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