Former Senator representing Cross River South in the National Assembly, Senator Prince Bassey Otu has disclosed that President Buhari needs a virile national assembly in order to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people during his second term in office.
He made this known in Calabar while responding to the just concluded primaries for national assembly aspirants of the All Progressives Congress, APC in the Southern Senatorial District of Cross River State.
Senator Otu who spoke on behalf of all the APC aspirants in the district who emerged victorious maintained that the quality of candidates who have emerged from the district have been through the ranks of legislative duties right from the local level and will serve the state effectively.
Prince Otu who expressed confidence in the quality of candidates presented by the district said the people of the area will have a fair deal this time around as the voice of the district which had been stifled in the National Assembly through ineffective representation in the outgoing tenure, will come alive.
He senator enjoined members of the party to eschew bitterness but to work in unison as the bundle of the broom which is the symbol of the party will be used to sweep away all enemies of democracy during the 2019 general elections.
A member of the election panel, Nathaniel Ikeocha, who declared the results at the State Party Secretariat at Okoi Arikpo Estate in Calabar, expressed appreciation to party faithful for the peaceful and cordial atmosphere which enabled them to perform the task assigned them by the NWC.
He announced that those nominated to fly the flag of the party as Senator Otu for Cross River South with 44, 172 votes over his rival Mrs Mayen Mbuk, with 1, 270 votes.
For the House of Representatives, Chief Dominic Aqua Edem, a former deputy speaker of the Cross River State House of Assembly scored 12, 330 votes. Chief Edem who was the sole candidate for the reps seat for the Calabar South, Akpabuyo and Bakassi federal Constituency was reaffirmed and returned.
Other candidates nominated for the national assembly seat for the southern district include Hon Bassey Akiba who hopes to represent Calabar Municipality and Odukpani in the House of Representatives. He scored 14, 571 votes to defeat Essesien Bassey Edem who scored 2, 045 votes.
For the Akamkpa/Biase Federal Constituency, Hon Obo Bassey Mkpanam emerged victorious as he garnered 12,006 votes to defeat Ejemot Esu who scored 606 votes.