By Judex Okoro, The Sun Newspaper
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The incumbent members representing Akpabuyo/Bakassi/ Calabar South, and Calabar Municipal/Odukpani federal constituencies, Honorables Essien Ekpeyong Ayi and Eta Mbota respectively have won the PDP reps primaries.
While Ayi, a fourth-term member of the House of Representatives polled 57 votes to defeat the other three aspirants, Mbora, a second-term Rep, polled 56 votes to win his opponent.
Announcing Ayi’s result of the contest, the returning officer for the election and State Vice-Chairman Cross River State PDP, Mr. Asuquo Ekpo said, “By this calculation and counting, we declare Essien Ekpeyong Ayi the winner having scored the highest number of votes.”
Others who contested against Ayi, include former Channels Television reporter, Mrs. Emana Ambrose Amahwe, who scored 23 votes, and Hon. Dominic Aqua Edem scored 16 votes and Mr. Ekpe Ekpe scored 3 votes.
Announcing the result for the Calabar Municipality/Odukpani federal constituency, the returning officer and Legal Adviser of the party, Ikpi Ubanga Enyong, said: “Hon. Mbora polled 56 votes to defeat his opponent, Mr. Esuabanga Asuquo Esuabanga, who had 14 votes and is hereby declared the winner.”
Commending his Constituents, Hon. Essien Ekpeyong Ayi, who is going to go to reps for the fifth term if he finally wins the APC candidate, said: ”You can see that I am loved by my people and I also have the capacity to beat anyone that comes to run an election with him.
“My popularity cuts across all party lines. I can win reps election any time any day anyone comes out to contest with me.” Essien boasted.
Also expressing gratitude to the delegates, the Rep member representing Calabar Municipality/Odukpani federal constituency, Eta Mbora, said: “With this election, we are going to work harder to win the general election. We are old horses in the race, so we know the terrain. This victory is a demonstration that we did well in the past and would do more when we get there.”
Commenting on the result, one of the aspirants, Emana Ambrose Amahwe, who came second in the contest accepted the defeat, stressing that the conduct of the election was transparent but blaming Nigeria’s electorates for being corrupt.
“Nigeria voting public has a long way to go. The corruption no one is talking about. Money politics the order of the day,” she maintained.
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