Akpan Etukudoh Asare
The governorship primaries committee of the Social Democratic Party for Cross River State headed by Dr Benson Ogbonna has given its nod to the general affirmation by the 196 political wards in the state to the candidature of Barrister Eyo Ekpo as their flag bearer in the upcoming gubernatorial election.
He made the affirmation at the end of the direct primary conducted by the party yesterday, saying the exercise was peaceful, transparent and devoid of any malpractices.
In the presence of INEC officials and security operatives, members took turn to cast their votes.
Ekpo who spoke at the party secretariat in Calabar said he decided to enter the race with the sole motive to rescue and recover Cross River State alongside his dedicated team members.
“This statewide affirmation of my candidacy signifies the confidence you have in my ability to rescue our beloved state from the downward slide.
” It is the vision of the SDP to provide the state with the dividends of democracy and I pledge to do just that; to recover and restore our state to its pride of place. I urge you all to join me in this vision and make it our collective responsibility to rebrand our dear state”, he said.
State chairman of the party, Eni Ikpi said he was satisfied with the outcome of the exercise as well as the free and safe atmosphere.
The exercise took place on October 1st and 2nd in all the 18 local government areas of the state.