The All Progressives Congress(APC) will conduct fresh primaries to formally adopt Prof. Ben Ayade, the Cross River State governor, as the senatorial candidate for the Northern Senatorial District of the state.
The party will conduct the fresh primary to nominate the governor at the Ogoja, headquartres of the district, on thursday.
In a letter to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) by the party’s National Chairman, Senator Abdulahi Adamu and the National Secretary, Senator Iyiola Omisore , the APC listed three constituencies across the country including Cross River North whose ticket bearers have withdrawn their candidacies to contest the 2023 elections on its platform, warranting the conduct of fresh primaries to elect new flag bearers to replace them.
According to the letter, the constituencies are Cross River North Senatorial district, Isa Sabon Bimi Federal Constituency, Sokoto State and Bauchi Federal Constituency, Bauchi State
It noted, “Consequent upon their voluntary withdrawal, we write to notify the Commission that the party will conduct fresh primaries to nominate new candidates for the listed constituencies on Wednesday, 13 July to Friday, 15 July”.
It informed that the state party chairman, Barrister Alphonsus Eba, has instructed ward and local government executives along with party leaders to conduct ward congresses in the five local government areas that form the district on Wednesday and elect delegates to vote in the primary on Thursday to formally adopt the governor.