There are emerging indications that the Cross River State governor, Prof Ben Ayade will eventually emerge as candidate of the APC for the Cross River North senatorial seat, TNN can now confirm.
The plot is to get his Chief of Staff, Martin Orim who won the party’s ticket to surrender the ticket to him. The governor himself is nursing the ambition to become senate president, in the event that he eventually wins the general election and his party wins the presidential election.
Ayade was one of the presidential candidates that lost to Bola Ahmed Tinubu. TNN learnt that even before going in for that race, the plot had already been designed; which perhaps explains why his close ally was supported to win the party’s ticket.
A few weeks ago, there was a video report in the social media, of a primary election that was conducted in that senatorial district, where Ayade was listed as an aspirant. Those behind the video said Ayade lost.
But his media aide, Christian Ita immediately issued a statement denying Ayade’s participation in the primary election. The statement had equally stated that the governor was a presidential and not a senatorial aspirant.
However, unfolding events have shown that Ayade is actually interested in the seat and is much more interested in becoming the next senate president.
Chairman of the APC in Cross River, Mr Alphonsus Eba confirmed in an interview with TNN over the telephone that there has been pressure on the party, the governor and Orim on the issue.
He also said the governor stood the chance of emerging the next senate president since he would be considered to be a ranking senator, having been in the senate before now. But he said a final decision would be taken on the issue before INEC’s curtain on the submission of names/replacement of candidates for the election(See his full interview for details).