Victor Ndoma-Egba, the majority leader of the senate, has failed in his bid for a fourth term in the senate, as he lost the Ikom, Cross River Central, ticket at the national assembly primary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
TheCable reports that he was defeated by John Owan-Enoh. Owan-Enoh (PDP Obubra/Etung Federal Constituency) defeated Ndoma-Egba by 217 votes to 37 while the third aspirant, Mr Mark Egbe scored 20 votes.
Mr. Uko Enaku, the returning officer, said that 376 accredited delegates voted in the primary while two votes were declared invalid in the election, which he described as “transparent and free”.
He said that delegates to the election were drawn from the six local government areas of Abi, Boki, Ikom, Yakurr, Obubra and Etung that make up the district.
In his reaction, Owan-Enoh thanked the delegates and the people of the central district for their trust in him. “On this day, the people of Cross River Central have made a statement; they have voted for change.
I promise that I will give them good representation,” he said. The election was held under tight security with men of the Nigeria police and Nigerian security and civil defense corps manning strategic positions to forestall any breakdown of law and order.