We can reveal that after a consultative meeting held hours ago, late Thursday, May 19, 2022, at the Joranny Hotel, Calabar, Cross River State, All Progressives Congress, APC, gubernatorial aspirant and former senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, John Owan Enoh, has abandoned his ambition to be governor of the state and thrown his weight behind the party’s ‘concensus’ candidate, Bassey Otu.
While APC stakeholders and party faithful have welcomed the development, believed to be the major hurdle in the actualization of Otu’s ambition and the party clinging on to power in the state, some political watchers have confided in www.calitown.com that this political marriage is beyond what many people can immediately see.
*If Owan Enoh stands his grounds and goes into any form of party primaries with Otu, he will lose by a wide margin and sound the death knell on his political career. Remember that the clamour is for a governor to come from the South of CR, Otu has government backing, the primaries will be held at the stadium in Calabar with an intimidating local crowd in and outside the stadium rooting for Otu, a candidate with a mass appeal that surely outweighs Owan’s. When Owan is trounced, he will walk away with his tail in between his legs into political pariah. I think he understands this scenario/future and has rested his ambition, clearly hoping to benefit from a power shift, eight years after Otu completes two terms…you know how politicians do their calculations…” www.calitown.com was informed by a source who has elected to remain anonymous. We were further informed that Owan Enoh can only benefit from any political arrangements within the party if he bows to the whims of the party.
A party chieftain, Maurice Effiwatt, reacting to this development stated that Owan Enoh’s move “is a welcome development and particularly exciting for those of us who believe in the supremacy of the Party and the need for Party leaders to build bridges of consensus across our artificial political divides, at all times. With this major hurdle scaled, all other hurdles down the ladder, in the other races, will be scaled with ease before the primaries”, he concluded.
There is muffled talk however within political circles that Owan may have been primed to be Otu’s deputy, in the hope that an Otu/Owan Enoh formidable ticket will hand the APC victory at the polls.
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