By CrossRiverWatch Admin
The All Progressives Congress in Cross River State, APC on Monday settled for Sen. Bassey Otu as its consensus governorship candidate for the February 2023 general elections barely 24 hours after the stakeholders of the southern senatorial district adopted Sir Arthur Jarvis Archibong as their consensus aspirant.
Senator Otu represented the Cross River southern senatorial district in the 7th National Assembly while Sir Archibong is the founder of Arthur Jarvis University, Akpabuyo, the first private varsity in the State.
The APC consensus was reached at a meeting presided over by Governor Benedict Ayade at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, while the adoption of Sir Archibong via a quick poll happened at the Calabar residence of Mr. Donald Duke, a former Governor of the State. Mr. Duke presided over the meeting.
At the meeting of the APC, the State chairman of the party, Alphonsus Eba, some members of the State Executive Committee and other aspirants were present.
At the Southern Senatorial District stakeholders meeting, 34 stakeholders including nine other guber aspirants from the zone were present. They include Barrister Efiok Cobham, Senator Gershom Bassey (who left before the meeting ended), Honorable Daniel Asuquo, and Ambassador Nkoyo Toyo. Others are Pastor Eyo Okpo Ene, Barrister Imah Nsa Adegoke, Obonganwan Fillia Henshaw, Engineer Mkpang Coco Bassey, and Barrister Orok Okon.
Members of the State Council of Chiefs, the Obong of Calabar Executive Forum, Efik Eburutu Consultative Assembly, Cross River Southern Senatorial Assembly and Greater Calabar Forum were also present.
Sources familiar with the meeting quoted Mr. Duke as saying the process was non binding.
This report was edited, it was the Southern Senatorial District that endorsed Sir Arthur Jarvis Archibong, not PDP as earlier reported.
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