Dr Stephen Odey, a former chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) has emerged the winner of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ticket for Cross River State North Senatorial bye-election.
Hon Olorogun Taleb Tebite the chairman of the electoral panel declared Odey as the winner of the primary election after he scored the highest number of votes, declared that the process was peaceful and orderly.
“Odey polled 450 votes to win his closest rival and member of the House of Representatives, Hon Jarigbe Agom Jarigbe scored 90 votes,” he noted.
The voting was conducted through a direct primary mode and took place at the Ogoja council headquarters, and was witnessed by officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
An INEC official, Mr Amula Timotheus who observed the process expressed satisfaction with the voting and revealed that the exercise was conducted in respect to INEC guidelines and concluded that the result be accepted.
Ben Ayade, the Cross River State governor who was present at the venue of the exercise expressed his satisfaction in the process.
The governor who spoke moments after casting his vote in the exercise expressed thankfulness in the peaceful atmosphere observed during the election.
Also, he applauded INEC for observing the election in a proper way.
Governor Ayade revealed that the election which is a family affair as all the candidates are from the state PDP family.
Furthermore, he assured that party will collectively work together to win the general election.