1. Governor Ayade purchased the Cross River North Senatorial district nomination form as well as the presidential.
2. Ayade’s senatorial nomination form was filled and submitted by one of his female Commissioners.
3. Martin Orim did not know that the governor bought the senatorial nomination form until he ran into the female commissioner where they both went to submit their completed forms.
4. Orim, out of shock, opted to step down at this point and informed his boss he wanted to. But the boss bluntly refused and urged him on.
5. Co-governor, Frank Ayade then encouraged Orim to still go ahead and attend the senatorial screening.
6. Governor Ayade also attended both screening exercises, though his senatorial screening was done discretely.
7. The governor ab initio, knew he won’t win the presidential nomination and was going to return for the senatorial ticket.
8. Now he wants Orim to step down voluntarily in writing citing personal reasons so the APC can call for new primaries.
9. Having bought the form and attended the screening, Ayade is considered as one of those who participated in the primaries.
10. New senatorial primaries will simply means adopting the governor unopposed and handing him the ticket.
It is unclear how long Martin Orim will be able to resist the demand of his boss. Orim, a former councilor in the Obudu Legislative Council, had earlier said on TV that he can’t go against Ayade who paid his fees and bought his councillorship nomination form.
Pundits are saying that once the governor is willing to price Orim well, he will cave in. That remains to be seen.
Written by: Yours sincerely,
Citizen Agba Jalingo.