Former Chairman of the Cross River State Universal Basic Education Board , Stephen Odey , has picked the Peoples Democratic Party ticket for the Cross River North Senatorial By -election scheduled for October 31 , 2020 .
Odey scored 450 votes to defeat his closest rival and member representing Ogoja/ Yala Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Jarigbe Agom , who polled 90 votes.
The other aspirants were Dr Ogana Lukpata , Dr Mary Iji and Martina Odom .
Officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission witnessed the exercise which took place at the Ogoja council headquarters on Saturday .
The Chairman of the electoral panel , Olorogun Tebite , who described the process as peaceful and orderly , declared Odey as the winner of the primary election having scored the highest number of votes .
An INEC official , who observed the primary , Amula Timotheus , said the exercise was “ conducted in line with INEC guidelines and was , therefore , satisfactory .”The state governor , Ben Ayade , who spoke after casting his ballot, expressed satisfaction with the peaceful conduct of the election and commended INEC for playing their observer role efficiently.
Ayade said the election was “ a family affair as all the aspirants are members of the PDP family in the state ” adding that the party will work together to win the main election .
Meanwhile, one of the aspirants , Jarigbe Agom , rejected the outcome of the primary and said he will take necessary steps to seek redress as he alleged that many delegates were excluded from voting
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