The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Cross River State is divided on who should be the running partner for Prince Bassey Otu, who is from the state’s southern district and is running for governor.
Prior to this, Hon. Peter Odey, the majority leader in the State House of Assembly and representative of the Ogoja State Constituency in the state’s north, was thought to be the best candidate to serve as the party’s deputy governor.
However, significant party members in the State, including a former governorship candidate, have voiced conflicting views and asked for consensus over who the true deputy governorship candidate for the 2023 election should be.
They have voiced concern that, contrary to Section 187 of the nation’s constitution, the governorship candidate himself has not been allowed the freedom to select his own running mate.
According to CrossRiverWatch, in a letter dated 26 July 2022 to the State Governor, they said, “We are constrained to note that the constitutional provision in the case of our party the APC in Cross River State has not been followed.
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“Our Governorship candidate; Senator Bassey Otu, has not been given the constitutional right bestowed on him to nominate another candidate.”
The stakeholders mentioned that the constitution does not permit the sitting Governor to appoint or foist a candidate on the governorship candidate as is the case in Cross River State APC.
They stressed that the non-involvement of critical party stakeholders in the deputy governorship candidate selection process has been not only curious but very unacceptable to a majority of the stakeholders.
“This alienation of the critical stakeholders, if not urgently addressed, could adversely affect their utmost commitment and zeal to contribute assiduously to efforts aimed at ensuring a total and resounding victory for the party at all levels in the forthcoming 2023 general elections.”
They informed the Governor that the matter is disturbing.
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They called for the review of the selection or nomination of Odey whose emergence was allegedly done without consultations with critical stakeholders of the party.
“The process should be subjected to wider consultations for the purpose of arriving at a consensus before the expiration of the window for substitution of candidates as set out by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.”
They stressed that “whoever will emerge as the consensus deputy governorship candidate should be one with electoral value, competence, and general acceptability to effectively complement our governorship candidate in our march to making history by returning to the Peregrino House in 2023...click here to read more...