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Sunday, May 22, 2022

May 22, 2022

C'River: Essien Ayi Emerges PDP Flag-bearer For Akpabuyo/Calabar South/Bakassi Federal Constituency

Rt. Hon. Essien Ago 

By Obio Monday

 Rt. Hon. Essien Ayi, Member of Nigeria's House of Representatives representing Calabar South/Akpabuyo/Bakassi  Federal Constituency in Cross River State has emerged the flag-bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for next year's House of Representatives election for a record 6th time, GRASSROOT REPORTERS reports.

Hon. Ayi was first elected in 2003. He was re-elected in 2007, 2011, 2015 and 2019.

The lawmaker who had been accused by some of his constituents of underperformance, was elected today at the UJ Esuene Stadium in Calabar.

May 22, 2022

C'River: Eta Mbora Wins PDP Reps Ticket For The 4th Time; Party Postpones Assembly Primaries

Rt. Hon. Eta Mbora

 By Obio Monday

Three-term lawmaker representing Odukpani/Calabar Municipality in the House of Representatives, Rt Hon. Eta Mbora has been declared winner of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, House of Representatives primaries conducted today in Calabar.

Hon. Mbora, who is gunning for the fourth term was earlier adopted as the consensus candidate of the party for the constituency.

In a related development, the PDP has postponed the House of Assembly primaries earlier scheduled for today, to tomorrow due to late arrival of voting materials and in some constituencies, insufficient materials.

GRASSROOTREPORT REPORTERS gathered that the party members who had waited since 8am, were furious over the delay in the commencement of voting while some of the delegates accused the party of planning to rig the process. 

A delegate who spoke with GRASSROOT REPORTERS expressed disappointment with the process, accusing the party of planning to impose candidates on the party.

The source who pleaded not be named, said other states had conducted theirs and the exercise was successful while that of Cross River State has been delayed, adding that there are rumours that names are being written instead of allowing the delegates to vote.

May 22, 2022

Winners Of A'Ibom State PDP House Of Assembly Primaries (See List)


Winners of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, House of Assembly primaries conducted today, May 22 has been announced,


1. Essien Udim: Hon Barr Prince Akpabio

2. Abak: Hon Udeme Otong

3. Esit Eket/Ibeno: Engr Udofia Friday Udobia

4. Nsit Ibom: Hon Eric Akpan

5. Etim Ekpo/Ika: Rt Hon Mfon Idung

6. Uyo: Mr Uwemedimo Asuquo

7. Ibiono Ibom: Obong Godwin Ekpo

8. Ikot Ekpene/ Obot Akara: Mr Jerry Otu

9. ONNA: Sunny Johnny

10. Nsit Atai: Prince Aniefiok Attah

11. Nsit Ubium: Hon Barr Otobong Bob

12. Ukanafun: Evangelist Emem Udom

13. Itu: Hon KufreAbasi Edidem

14. Oron/ Udung Uko: Hon Mrs Kenim Onofiok

15. Uruan; Dr Itoro Etim

16. INI: Hon Lawrence Udoide

17. Etinan: Uduak Ekpo-Ufot

18. Ikono: Hon Itoro Columba

19. Ibesikpo Asutan: Ubong Attah

20. Okobo: Pius Bassey

21. Mkpat Enin:wem Imo-Ita

22. Oruk Anam:Prince Sampson Idiong

23. Urue Offong/Oruko: Hon Precious Selong

Saturday, May 21, 2022

May 21, 2022

Buhari Signs 2022 Amended Electoral Bill Into Law


President Muhammadu Buhari this saturday afternoon May 21, 2022 signed into law the recently amended 2022 electoral act

The electoral act has been a bone of contention for a while as the House of Representatives, Senate and other politicians were excluded from voting in their parties’ primaries by the 2022 electoral act.

Following the omission, both the senate and house of representatives last week convened emergency sessions where they amended the act to provide for statutory delegates to vote and be voted for in the forthcoming political parties primaries and conventions.

However, with few days left for the primaries to take place, politicians have been pressuring the president to sign it in order to avert crisis.

The bill was eventually signed today, May 21.

This was confirmed by a member of the House of Representatives Emeka Chinedu representing Ahiazu/ Ezinihittee Mbaise federal constituency in the House of Representatives

Speaking to BusinessDay, Chinedu said “I can confirm to you that Mr President signed the bill into law this afternoon and we are all happy about it as it will give us and other statutory delegates the power to vote at the primaries.

“The amendment was swiftly done by the national assembly members to legally provide a place in the Act for statutory delegates of political parties to vote during their congresses and conventions.

“It will indeed do a lot of good for the upcoming party primaries” he said.

Business Day

Friday, May 20, 2022

May 20, 2022

C'River: I Have Been Cleared, Document In Circulation Is Not Current - Prince Otu

Senator Prince Bassey Edet Otu

Senator Prince Bassey Otu has reacted to reports that he has been disqualified from contesting for governorship in Cross River State by the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship screening committee.

GRASSROOT REPORTERS had reported that Senator Otu was disqualified for failure to present his First School Leaving Certificate and Senior School Certificate, SSCE.

A statement by an aide to the former lawmaker, Ekpenyong Akiba, noted that Senator Otu was only asked to present original copies of his certificates, which he did and was cleared by the committee yesterday.

Also Read: Full Details: Why Prince Otu Was Disqualified By APC

Read the statement:

Our attention has been drawn to a misleading trending narrative claiming that Senator (Prince) Bassey Edet Otu was not cleared by the Screening Committee.


The document stated that a mischievous Petition was received by the Screening Committee and that Senator (Prince) Bassey Edet Otu failed to make full disclosure of his educational qualifications.


The committee after careful scrutiny of the Petition and the supporting documents found no evidence to substantiate the allegation of conviction of the aspirant before any court of law.

On his academic credentials, Senator (Prince) Bassey Edet Otu only tendered a testimonial to cover for his First School Leaving certificate and his WASC, but the committee requested for the original certificates to be provided and declared the matter inconclusive.

We want to categorically state that:

1. Senator (Prince) Bassey Edet Otu was only requested to produce the required certificates which he did and was officially cleared.

2. The document in circulation is not current as it was released two days ago while Senator Otu was only cleared yesterday after meeting with the requirements of the committee.

We urge our teeming supporters and party faithfuls to remain calm as the people's choice, Senator (Prince) Bassey Otu has been screened and cleared.

May 20, 2022

2023: C'River APC Disqualifies 19 Aspirants (Full List)


By Obio Monday

The All Progressives Congress (APC) Screening Committee in Cross River State has disqualified a total of ninety aspirants vying for membership of the Cross River State House of Assembly under the party.

A document obtained by GRASSROOT REPORTERS shows that most of the aspirants were disqualified for not presenting their letter of resignation; one of the criteria set out by the party for qualification to contest at the primaries.

The party had directed all political appointees seeking elective posts to resign their appointments.

Interestingly, one of the aspirants who was cleared by the party, Hon. Chief Effiong Ekarika Jimmy (Calabar South 2) did not present his letter of resignation, as indicated in the document, but was cleared. No reason was given for his clearance despite not presenting his letter of resignation.

Also worthy of note is the non clearance of: Blessing Ekpo Joseph (Yakurr 2), Odey Rosemary Turitta (Obudu), Aburu John Okpe (Obudu) and Oyong Francis (Boki 2) despite meeting the requirements as indicated by the party. No reason has been given by the party for their disqualification.

Those disqualified by the APC include:

1. Ernest Ekpor  Awor ( Akamkpa 2) - No resignation letter

2. Bassey Edet Asuquo (Odukpani)  - No resignation letter

3. Chief Cyril Anthony Asuquo (Calabar South) - No resignation letter

4. Ted Afu Inyang (Boki 2) - No resignation letter

5. Ekum Bajie Odu (Boki 1) - No resignation letter

6. Barr. Etta Ebri Ukagu ( Yakurr 2) - No resignation letter

7. Ofem Morris Ubi (Yakurr 1) - No resignation letter

8. Obeten Keppy Eteng (Yakurr 1) - No resignation letter

9. Ekpo Blessing Joseph (Yakurr 1) - No reason for disqualification

10. Aburu John Okpe (Obudu) - No Reason for disqualification

11. Odey Rosemary Turitta (Ogoja) - No reason for disqualification

12. Engr. Nkpeh Emmanuel (Bekwerra) - No resignation letter

13. Elizabeth Banks Bakwan (Boki 2) - No resignation letter

14. Bernard Etta Afu (Boki 2) - No resignation letter

15. Victor Ofum Agbor (Boki 2) - No resignation letter

16. Odey Ransome Mbeh (Ikom 1) - No letter of resignation

17. Oyong Francis (Boki 2) - No reason for disqualification

18. Enim Victor Etta (Ikom 1) - No resignation letter

19. Pastor Cobham Ekpenyong (Calabar South 2) - No resignation letter

See full list of this cleared and those disqualified: