As the battle over who Succeeds Governor Ben Ayade of Cross-River State in 2023 have started in earnest, the People's Democratic Party (PDP) which has been the ruling party in the State since 1999 have begun making moves to retain power come 2023. Prominent among the PDP Aspirants Likely to Succeed Governor Ayade include
1. Senator Gershom Bassey
Bassey, a Second-term Senator representing Cross-River South Senatorial District in the National Assembly needs no introduction in the political sphere of Cross-River State. The 58years-old Civil Engineer, Administrator and Politician is a Close Associate of Ex-governors Donald Duke and Liyel Imoke. Bassey, a Founding Member of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) in Cross-River State served as Chairman of the Cross-River State Water Board for 15years (1999 - 2014). He was elected to represent Cross-River South Senatorial District during the 2015 General Elections.
2. Hon. Daniel Asuquo
A Third-term Lawmaker representing Akampa/Biase Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives. Hon. Asuquo, 58 is another top contender for the Cross-River State Governorship Seat. Popularly known as DANSUKI, He is well-loved by the people especially the Youths. Hon. Asuquo, a trained Banker, Politician and Philanthropist came into political limelight when he was elected as Akampa Local Government Council Chairman in 1999, serving till 2002. Prior to his Election as a Rep Member, He was the Director of Cross-River State Rural Electrification Agency between 2008 and 2010.
3. Hon. Essien Ayi
Ayi, 64 is one of the Longest Serving Nigerian Lawmakers. He is a Fifth-term Lawmaker representing Calabar South/Bakassi/Akpabuyo Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives. Popularly called "The Eagle", he currently serves as Chairman of the House Committee on Niger-Delta Affairs. Before his Election into the National Assembly in 2003, Hon. Ayi served as Chairman of Calabar South Local Government Area from 1999 to 2002 and subsequently became the Chairman of Cross-River State Sports Commission serving till 2003.
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