With the on-going crisis in the Cross River State chapter of the PDP, Dr Stephen Odey, the preferred aspirant of the state governor, Prof Ben Ayade, may be walking a very tight rope.
There are signals that Odey, currently the chairman of the State Universal Education Board, SUBEB, may not secure the ticket of the party ahead of the bye-election for the Cross River North Senate seat.
The seat became vacant following the death of Senator Rose Oko who represented the senatorial district before her death some weeks ago. Odey is about the major aspirant from the PDP. Oko was a member of the PDP before her death.
A competent source from that senatorial district told TNN in confidence that since the Ayade group had lost out during the recent ward and local government chapter congresses of the PDP, it was very unlikely that Ayade would succeed in installing Odey as Oko’s successor.
The source said “with what has happened so far, the chances of Dr Steve is very slim. You know they have lost grip of the structures of the party at the ward and local government levels. Ayade has been fighting but I can assure you that he has lost out.
“The people that will vote at the PDP primary are not with the governor, so if he ever planned to install his candidate, it has failed. The battle has been won and lost.”
TNN has been making efforts to speak with Mr Enok Edim, the out-going chairman of the PDP but he has continued to procrastinate.