|L-R: Legor Idagbor, Kanu Agabi, DC Enahme, Donald Duke|
Nyok|17 September 2018
PDP chieftain in Cross River State, Chief Orok Duke has countered the claim by social commentator, Simon Utsu, submitting that Mr Kanu Agabi worn the governorship primary of the PDP in 1998 as against the information that Donald Duke was the winner NegroidHaven can report authoritatively.
This is in reaction to an opinion titled: ‘DC Enahme and the Story of one of the greatest Betrayals ever’, authored by Utsu. https://www.negroidhaven.org/2018/09/opinion-dc-enahme-story-of-one-of.html?m=1.
Duke who explained how former Donald Duke beat Agabi informed that Duke beat Agabi by 360 votes.
Excerpt: ‘Simon Utsu…Kanu Agabi did not win the Gov Primaries in 1998, please. All wards were to allocated a maximum of 500 votes in the direct primaries.
‘Materials had been released to all the LGAs by 6am on that day… From the Duke Town close headquarters of CRS PDPand we all went into the field.
‘By 10am results had been written and submitted from all the LGAs in the North and Boki… Where Kanu Agabi took all the votes and Donald Duke scored 0..zero (including Bekwara). Barristers Tase, Vena Ikem and DC Ename, though supported Donald, but could not secure even one vote for Donald.
‘So, the 7 southern LGAs retaliated and gave Kanu Agabi zero too in all the Southern LGAs.
‘Late Papa Ewa who was Kanu’s running mate, could not secure a single vote for Kanu in the South.
‘So the fight moved on to the Central zone, where John Okpa, having secured his place as Donald’s running mate, pulled his weight.
‘The tussle ended in Ikom, serious fight between Agibe and Agbijia vs Paul Erokoro and Oru… GM.. CR radio… Who went ahead to announce the inconclusive results.. Prematurely.
‘By the end of petitions and counter petitions, Donald was announced as the winner with 360 votes margin, not in Abuja, but in Calabar Cultural Centre by Solomon Lar.
‘While not trying to dabble into Bekwarra politics, since I was a major player, let the Elders live long enough so that they can ensure that the younger ones do not mistake the vulture for a chicken.’
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