By Lateef Ibrahim, Abuja
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Electoral Panel set up for the party primary for Cross River North Senatorial District by-election has submitted its reports to the party national leadership in Abuja.
The Chairman of the electoral panel, Hon. Taleb Tebite, who led two other members of the panel to PDP National Secretariat in Abuja yesterday,, told journalists, shorthly after the submission, that the primary that produced Dr Stephen Odey as winner, was transplant and peaceful.
“It (the primary) was one of the transparent elections I have ever seen”, he declared.
Tebite therefore appreciated the PDP leadership for choosing members of the panel to serve and ensuring that everything was done peaceful.
He advised Odey, who was a former Chairman of Cross River State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), to reconcile with aggrieved aspirants and those not in his support.
When asked for his reaction on the reported parallel primary held in the state on the same day by an aspirant of the party, Tebite said he was not aware of such.
His words, “I do not know about any parallel election. I do not know the candidate you are talking about.
“Some aspirants were cleared for the election. On the day of the election, Jarigbe Agom, Stephen Odey, Mary Iji were present,” Tebite said.
He added that the primary was also monitored by INEC officials.
The Electoral officer of the Panel, Mr Chuks Akwiti, told newsmen that the primary was conducted in full compliance with the PDP Constitution, the Electoral Act, the Nigeria Constitution and COVID19 protocols.
Akwiti said that there were clear evidence that the exercise followed due process and was monitored by INEC representatives and agents of aspirants.
He called on the winner of the primary, other aspirants and all supporters to work together for the success of the PDP on Oct. 31.
His words, “We call on our party faithfuls in Cross River to join hands with the winner of the primary for the success of our party in the election”.
The incoming Chairman of PDP in Cross River state, Chief Alphonsus Eba, said he had commenced reconciliation work to ensure that the party go to the poll in unity.
Eba, who was former Director-General, Due Process Office, Cross River State, urged aggrieved members to employ internal mechanism to address their concerns.
He further enjoyed them to trust the leadership of the party and the Governor of the state Ben Ayade for purposeful direction.
“We will all work as a party because PDP is one party and we know how to manage crisis. We will manage the crisis”, he assured.
During the primary, Odey scored 450 votes to defeat his closest rival and member representing Ogoja/Yala Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Jarigbe Agom, who polled 90 votes.