Cross River 2023: Owan-Enoh Withdraws From Governorship Race, Declares Support For Prince Otu As APC Candidate
Sen. John Owan-Enoh, a governorship candidate in Cross River State for the 2023 general election, has formally stood aside in favor of Prince Bassey Otu, the All Progressives Congress’s consensus candidate.
On Thursday, May 19, 2022, Owan-Enoh announced his resignation while speaking to his campaign organization and other APC stakeholders, including several Local Government Councillors.
In his remarks, Owan-Enoh, a former senator from Cross River State’s Central Senatorial District and a 2019 Governorship contender, said the party’s sovereignty must be respected at all times, asking his supporters to back Sen. (Prince) Bassey Otu.
Read his full statement below:
“My dear friends, supporters and compatriots, I come to you today with humility and a grateful heart for your unalloyed support in the vision for a prosperous Cross River State in which all of us will flourish. Your support which I will never take for granted is the reason for the strength of our campaign.
“Today, I am saddled with the onerous responsibility of conveying to you, my decision to suspend our campaign for the Governorship of Cross River State on the platform of our great party, the All Progressive’s Congress (APC). After some deep reflection in addition to consultations, I have taken the decision to yield to the consensus arrangement of our great party in the firm belief in the supremacy of our party. I do this for the sake of the unity of our platform and my support for the leadership of our party under H.E Gov. Ayade.
“No matter how profound our vision is, no matter how brightly the light of hope burns in our hearts, as loyal party men and women, the supremacy of the party is sacrosanct at all times. And so, it is in full compliance and obedience to the decision of our party as well as your understanding that I suspend this campaign.
“This suspension is with immediate effect. Although the decision was not an easy one especially when I take into consideration the overwhelming support my candidacy and aspiration enjoyed across the state, it is in human nature for every engagement no matter how productive, enriching and rewarding to come to this point.
“It is therefore in this spirit that I urge you to throw your weight and support behind Sen. Bassey Otu, the consensus choice of our party.
“Having closely associated with him over the years, I have no doubt in his ability to deliver the dividends of democracy to our people. He’s no bad choice after all!
“This by no means is not the end of our extraordinary political journey together. Since my political odyssey started over two decades ago, my actions at all times have been shaped by the undying zeal and determination to serve our people to the best of my ability. It is this vision that influenced my decision to offer myself to serve the state as governor in 2019 and in the upcoming governorship election in 2023, which we now have cause to suspend.
“My dear compatriots, while today’s political arrangement does not favour us in terms of what we desired, we should not lose hope in a tomorrow in which our determination to offer selfless service to our people finally becomes a reality. As long as the good Lord keeps us alive and in good health, our shared dream of a Cross River State that works for all will never die”.
Prince Otu was proclaimed the APC’s consensus candidate for the Cross River State governorship election in Abuja on Monday, May 9, 2022, in a meeting presided over by Governor Ben Ayade and attended by the party’s stakeholders, WeetalknaijaBlog had earlier reported.