By Laureta Akpan
There are indications that Senator Bassey Otu (PDP, Cross River South) may soon lead other PDP big wigs in Cross River State to join the opposition.
CrossRiverWatch gathered reliably that the infighting between the Senator’s camp and the Governor’s camp is unsettling the lawmaker and he is now in advanced level of discussions with both the All Progressives Congress, APC and the Labor Party, LP in preparation to decamping.
A close confidant of the Senator told CrossRiverWatch that, “The desire of the governor of the state to compensate his friend, Gershom Bassey with the southern senatorial ticket, having lost out to the north in becoming governor is creating ripples again in the southern caucus.
“Recall that even when Prince Otu wanted to go the Senate the first time, Imoke resisted it until it was clear to the party that they will lose the district if they don’t allow him get the ticket. Now again the governor is standing on his path to return to continue to represent his people.
“I can confirm to you that since they have made up their minds, we have also made up our minds to move on to other platforms to contest the election. We are in advanced discussions with the opposition parties. You cannot conclude yet that it is APC or Labor party. We will let the public know at the appropriate time.”
When CrossRiverWatch contacted the Senator, he declined to comment on the matter.
An APC chieftain in the State also confirmed to CrossRiverWatch that not only the Senator but that several other big wigs of the party in Calabar South, Yakurr and other local governments in the north are in discussions with the party to explore the chances of joining them in preparation for the 2015 election.
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