- Senator John Owan-Enoh has emerged as the governorship candidate of the APC in Cross River state
- The primary election was conducted under the watch of security agents and the Independent National Electoral Commission
- The senator promised not to disappoint the people if elected into office as governor
Senator John Owan-Enoh has been declared winner of the All Progressive Congress gubernatorial primaries in Cross River.
Owan-Enoh represents Cross River Central senatorial district in the National Assembly, NAN reports.
Legit.ng gathers that while announcing the result on Tuesday, October 2, in Calabar, Ali Magaji, chairman of the electoral committee, said that Owan-Enoh scored a total of 82,272 votes out of the 101,212 votes cast.
He said that Edem Duke, a former minister of culture and tourism, got 7,367 votes while the minister of Niger Delta affairs, Usani Usani, had 1,778 votes.
“As we are all aware, this exercise started on September 30 with the distribution of materials to the various political wards across the state.
“The total number of accredited voters in the election was 106,212. We recorded 117 invalid votes and votes cast was 101,212.
“The election was conducted across the state in a peaceful manner under the watch of security agents and the Independent National Electoral Commission.
“With the powers conferred on me by the National Working Committee of the party, I hereby declare Senator Owan-Enoh winner of the gubernatorial primaries in Cross River. He is now the candidates of the APC in Cross River ahead of the next year governorship election in the state,” he said.
Magaji called on other aspirants to work closely with Owan-Enoh with a view to win the state in 2019.
Speaking to newsmen after his victory, Owan-Enoh expressed happiness with the result, saying that the people of Cross River have spoken in unity. He explained that the state was in dire need of leadership change and thereby solicited the supports of all stakeholders of the party ahead of the elections.
Owan-Enoh promised not to disappoint the mandate of the people if elected into office as governor.
Recall that Legit.ng previously reported that on Thursday, September 27, the ruling All Progressives Congress said it had screened members of the party with ambitions to become governors in various states across Nigeria.
The party, in a statement signed by its spokesperson, Yekini Nabena, said the governorship aspirants from states of the federation that were cleared to contest the primaries were screened by APC's governorship screening committee.
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