Senator Bassey Otu has won the All Progressives Congress governorship primary by a landslide in Cross River State.
He defeated two other aspirants by a wide margin of 811 votes. Senator John Owan-Enoh who came second got 84 votes while Chris Agara scored 63 votes.
The Chairman of the primary election panel, Mohammed Makolo, announced the result and winner late Thursday night at the UJ Esuene Stadium where the governorship primary election took place.
In his acceptance speech, Senator Otu saluted the leadership style of Governor Ben Ayade, commending his industrialisation drive, adding “We will continue where you will stop.”
He thanked the delegates for not receiving a dime from him, saying “Today signals the birth of a project that will signal taking Cross River State to the next level.”
He thanked the aspirants for stepping down for him, adding that “This day would not have been completed without the aspirants. I hold the mandate in trust for all of you.”
Otu also commended the chairman of the party, Alphonsus Eba for producing the next governor of the state.
Earlier, Governor Ayade told the delegates that “We are here as a family. We desire to mainstream our party to the centre. Exercise your franchise.”