Bassey Otu

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Bassey Edet Otu
Federal Representative for Calabar Municipal/Odukpani, Cross River State
In office
May 2003 – May 2011
Senator for Cross River South
Incumbent
Assumed office
May 2011
Preceded by Bassey Ewa Henshaw
Personal details
Born (1959-10-18) 18 October 1959 (age 54)
Calabar
Political party People's Democratic Party (PDP)

Bassey Edet Otu (born 18 October 1959) is a Nigerian politician who represented the Calabar Municipal/Odukpani constituency of Cross River State, Nigeria in the Federal House of Assembly from 2003 - 2011.[1] He was elected Senator for Cross River South in the April 2011 elections, running on the People's Democratic Party (PDP) platform.

Background[edit]

Prince Bassey Edet Otu was born on 18 October 1959.[1] He grew up in his home city of Calabar and in Jos, Plateau State, where his father had been assigned to the mission of the Church of Scotland. He obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Social Sciences from the University of Calabar. Before entering politics, he was engaged in banking and then in the petroleum sector. He also dabbles in farming.[2]

House of Representatives 2003-2011[edit]

Otu was elected a Member of House of Representatives in April 2003 and reelected in April 2007. In the 2007-2011 House, he was a member of committees on Power, Ministry of Niger Delta, Inter-Parliamentary Relations, Inter-Intra Party Relations, Environment and Defence.[1] In a 2007 interview, he said the ruling by an international court that the Bakassi peninsula belonged to Cameroon was wrong, but that the job now was to resettle displaced relatives of Nigerians and move on.[3] Otu was Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Petroleum Resources (Upstream). In this role, he led work on a draft amendment bill that would reposition the Petroleum Technology Development Fund as a more effective vehicle to develop local content in the oil and gas industry.[4]

Senator[edit]

In the PDP primary elections for the Cross River South senate seat, Otu beat the serving senator, Bassey Ewa Henshaw to become the party's candidate.[5] In the April elections, he polled 112,144 votes, ahead of runner-up Professor Eyo Etim Nyong of the Action Congress of Nigeria, who polled 19,378 votes.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "HON. BASSEY EDET OTU". House of Representatives. Retrieved 2011-05-03. 
  2. ^ KEMI ASHEFON (20 Sep 2009). "My patch of grey hair got me into trouble At 9 – Hon. Bassey Otu". The Punch. Retrieved 2011-05-03. 
  3. ^ Tuoyo Ukusanren (29 December 2007). "Bakassi - Let's Resettle Our People And Move On - Bassey Otu". Vanguard. Retrieved 2011-05-03. 
  4. ^ "PTDF STRIKES RAPPROCHEMENT WITH NATIONAL ASSEMBLY". PTDF. Retrieved 2011-05-03. 
  5. ^ "BATTLE FOR SENATE: NDOMA-EGBA, OTU, OTHERS STIR CROSS RIVER POLITICAL FIELD". NBF News. 10 Mar 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-03. 
  6. ^ Kunle Johnson (2011-04-28). "Ndoma-Egba re-elected". Retrieved 2011-05-03.