Senator Sandy Onor, a member representing Cross River Central Senatorial District in the National Assembly has emerged the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for the 2023 governorship elections.
In the primary held Thursday at Venetian Arena Calabar, Senator Sandy Onor Scored 236 votes to defeat the first runner up Senator Gershom Bassey, a member representing Cross River Southern Senatorial District who scored 175 votes. Rt. Hon. Daniel Asuquo, the member representing Akamkpa/Biase Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives polled 147 votes.
Other aspirants in the race and how they fared are Ambassador (Hon.) Nkoyo Toyo scored 4 votes and Sir Arthur Jarvis Archibong, Founder of Arthur Jarvis University; Akpabuyo got 6 votes while Obongawan Ima-Nsa Adegoke and Mrs. Lydia Henshaw Etim scored 2 and 1 vote respectively.
In his thank-you remark, Chairman of NWC Electoral Panel Mr. Babajde Cooker appreciated the mature disposition of Party delegates and the wisdom of Barrister Venatius Ikem to manage the logistics of the primaries which could not hold on Wednesday, May 25, 2022, due to unavoidable hitches.
Senator Sandy Onor in his closing remark thanked God for his victory which he dedicates to other aspirants for allowing a level playing ground to prevail.
He will now face the All Progressives Congress (APC) Consensus candidate Prince Senator Bassey Otu who political analysts see as the only hope of the South to produce a governor given the failed power-shift arrangement in the PDP.
A total of 591 delegates were accredited for the primary while 571 cast their ballots, 20 votes were void.
By: Archibong Emmanuel