Cross River PDP Primaries: Sandy Onor Emerges Winner. How Governorship Aspirants Paid Delegates N1m Each To Buy Votes.

By Our Reporter

Senator Sandy Onor has emerged winner of the PDP primary election in Cross River State.

Senator Onor, a first term senator from the central senatorial district of the state, pulled a total of 236 votes to defeat Gershom Bassey who got 175 votes and Hon. Daniel Asuquo who scored 147.

With this result, Senator Sandy Onor will now fly the PDP gubernatorial flag at the 2023 election.

But at the venue of the governorship election in Calabar, gubernatorial aspirants of the Party were said to be paying delegates as much as one million naira this paper can report.


The aspirants, Gershom Bassey and Sandy Onor are both serving members of the upper house of the national assembly, while Hon. Daniel Asuquo is a member of the house of representatives who is also in the race. Others are a former member of the house of representatives and one time Nigerian ambassador to Ethiopia, Nkoyo Toyo, businessman, Arthur Jarvis, a former deputy governor of the state, Efiok Cobham among others.

According to one of the aspirants who confirmed the humongous amount to woo delegates “ some of them are paying as much as N1milion to buy votes of delegates. I don’t have such amount of money, those who will vote for me will do so, whether I pay them or not”

Our reporter who was at the venue of the election confirmed the aspirants were sharing huge sums of money, some as much as N1m to woo voters.

Also a delegate who confirmed the story said, “yes they are giving as much as N1 million naira, although no one has approached me with such amount yet”

Senator Sandy Onor is believed to be heavily funded by the governor of oil rich Rivers State.

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