Sir Arthur Jarvis Archibong has emerged as the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP consensus governorship aspirant for Cross River South Senatorial District in view of the forthcoming 2023 general elections.
This followed a seven-hour intense deliberation chaired by the former governor of the state and Leader of the Southern Senatorial District and one of the Leaders of the PDP in Cross River State, Mr Donald Duke under the auspices of the Southern Senatorial District Leaders, Traditional Ruler’s Council, Eminent Clergies and Stakeholders.
According to a reliable source, Duke was mandated by traditional rulers, leaders, elders, stakeholders, as well as religious leaders from the state’s Southern Senatorial District to ensure the eventual emergence of a unanimous and credible aspirant from the district.
The source further disclosed that “the first meeting by the group was held on March 17, 2022.
“After 7 hours of engagement, the forum decided to cast votes to select an aspirant of their choice and Arthur Jarvis Archibong emerged with 12 votes, Amb. Nkoyo Toyo 9 and Hon Daniel Asuquo 4. Other Aspirants had 1 vote each.
After several unsuccessful one-on-one and group attempts by aspirants, elders and stakeholders to select a consensus aspirant, the choice of Sir Arthur Jarvis Archibong came about through a simple vote by 32 of the 34 stakeholders present.
It was gathered that 37 were invited (2 were unavoidably absent), 35 attended (Senator Gershom Bassey left before the end of the meeting), 34 stayed to the end, and 2 abstained from voting in the straw poll while 32 voted in the straw poll.
Present at the meeting were, Elder Omon, one of the oldest frontline politicians, Fr. Malachy, Mba Ukweni SAN, Gershom Henshaw, Sen. Bassey Ewa Henshaw, Chief Gabriel Umoren, Chief Ise, Barbara James, Paramount Ruler of Efut – HRM Prof. Itam Hogan, Chief Asuquo Cowan, Mr Donald Duke, Chairman Traditional Rulers Council – HRM Etim Okon Edet, Leader PDP Biase – Mr John Offiong and all aspirants from the South.
It was further gathered that stakeholders were now waiting for the decision of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state since they have already agreed on Sir Arthur Jarvis Archibong as a consensus aspirant.
“For the avoidance of doubt and the circumvention of the deliberate attempts to confuse the good people of Cross River State by mischief makers and their sponsored mischievous publications of rejoinders, the following stakeholders from the Southern Senatorial District participated in the final consensus deliberations and these include:
Members of the Cross River State Council of Chiefs, Obong of Calabar Executive Forum, Efik Eburutu Consultative Assembly, Cross River Southern Senatorial Assembly and
The Greater Calabar Forum”, the source maintained.