Cross River North: Odey wins PDP primary for senatorial bye-election


By Emmanuel Ayade

In  Cross River, the former State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr. Stephen Odey has emerged winner of the Peoples Democratic Party's ticket for the bye-election of the north senatorial district in the state.

Odey polled 450 votes to defeat his closest opponent, Hon. Jarigbe Agom Jarigbe, a member in the Green Chambers who garnered 90 votes.

The exercise, which took place at Ogoja council headquarters, was witnessed by officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The Chairman of the electoral panel, Hon. Olorogun Taleb Tebite, described the process as peaceful and orderly.

He declared Odey as the winner of the primary election having scored the highest number of votes.

One of the INEC officials who observed the election, Mr. Amula Timotheus equally expressed satisfaction with the exercise.

He said the exercise was conducted in line with INEC guidelines and was therefore, satisfactory.

On his part, the state governor, Sir Ben Ayade, expressed satisfaction with the conduct of the exercise.

The governor, who spoke moments after casting his vote lauded the peaceful atmosphere under which the election was held, and commended INEC for playing its observatory role adequately.

Governor Ayade said the election was a family affair as all the candidates are members of the PDP family and  also assured that the party will work together in their collective interest to win the general election in the state.

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