- Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River has made a very wise decision ahead of the 2023 general elections
- The young and vibrant governor who is an APC presidential aspirant also has his eyes on a senatorial seat in his state
- In fact, Ayade has gone ahead to get himself a senatorial form of the ruling party as what some have termed a backup plan
Weighing his chance of victory in the 2023 elections and the possible odds against him, Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River has purchased a senatorial form of All Progressives Congress (APC).
The Punch which is privy to the move reports that the receipt of the form comes with the number 9498.
Ayade was said to have made the purchase of the form on Tuesday, May 10, 2022, and will be contesting for the northern senatorial district in the state.
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He is to slug it out with Orim Martin Ojie who picked up his form much earlier.
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This move from Ayade who is one of the ruling party's presidential hopefuls is seen as a backup plan just in case he loses his bid to become president during the APC's presidential primary.
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The APC had released nine guidelines to govern the conduct of presidential, governorship, and parliamentary aspirants before, during, and after its primaries.
One of the conditions is that aspirants have been prohibited from suing the party or any of its members without first making use of avenues for redress and in-house settlement mechanisms.
Added to this, the hopefuls at all levels must sign undertakings to accept the results of the primaries and work for whoever emerges as the flagbearer ahead of 2023.
2023: Suspense as APC orders aspirants to sign withdrawal letter
Meanwhile, the ‘Letter of Withdrawal’ attached to the APC's expression of interest and nomination forms for aspirants to fill and submit along with other forms and credentials was generating controversy in the party.
The said withdrawal letter was addressed to Abdulahi Adamu, the national chairman of the APC, and should be signed by a commissioner of oath/public notary before submission.