The Cross River State Governor, Sir Ben Ayade will be bowing out of office by 2023 to be replaced by another politician who will oversee the affairs of the state. The governorship seat will not be gotten as usual. It will be one of the greatest political battles Cross River State has ever witnessed.
Recall that before Ayade dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressives Congress (APC), there was this belief that once you get the PDP ticket, it is a sure win for you. But that has changed.
Below are two candidates he may prefer to replace him as governor if he has his way.
1. Chris Agara
Chris Agara is the Chairman of AA Universal Agro Industries Limited. He has had an excellent relationship with the governor over the years, spanning over 3 decades. If the governor has his way, he will not delay handing over power to Agara but the decision is still in the hands of the party and the electorate.
2. Asuquo Ekpenyong
Asuquo Ekpenyong is one of the most loyal appointees to the governor. He is the Commissioner for Finance. Before the governor defected to the APC, the news was already making rounds that he will be the next governor of Cross River State.
The only reason why Ayade may be skeptical about Ekpenyong is that he is the son-in-law of former governor Donald Duke. Ekpenyong got married to Donald Duke's daughter. And Donald Duke is in the PDP. So Ayade may assume that if Ekpenyong becomes the governor, Duke will also have access to the Cross River State Government.
Finally, the governor does not have the power to decide who becomes the next governor of the state. It is the people of the state that will choose who will rule them by casting their votes on election day for their candidates.
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