Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Usani Uguru Usani yesterday scored 47,313 votes to emerge as the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Cross River State for the 2019 general elections.
Announcing the result at the state collation centre at the party’s secretariat of his faction in Calabar, the chairman of the Gubernatorial Election Committee, Emmanuel Annom stated that the minister having scored the highest number of votes in the gubernatorial primaries has been declared the winner and governorship candidate of the APC in Cross River State.
A breakdown of the result that was read before the party at the party’s secretariat of the faction along Marrian road, Calabar shows that his closest rival Senator John Owan Enoh scored 1, 486 votes, while Eyo Etim Nyong polled 1, 168 votes, John Ukpan Odey scored 1,099 votes while Edem Duke, former minister of Tourism scored 1, 322 votes in that order.
According to the chairman of the Gubernatorial Election Committee, the state conducted direct primaries elections in compliance with the approval of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party and the result were collated and entered in compliance with the law and witnessed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
He disclosed that there were few cases of attempt to disrupt the primaries in Abi, Obubura and Boki local government areas of the state, but that did not in any way invalidate the process.
INEC representative Nkech Ekweme described the governorship primary in the state as peaceful, free, fair, and credible.
The state chairman of APC, Godwin Etim John said some people never gave the party a chance, because the processes the party went through were very turbulent, and rigorous.
He said his team believes in hard work, dedication and loyalty. “We thank all the aspirants, we have appeal panel, all those who feel aggrieved should follow the due process of our party’s constitution and accept the outcome,” he said.