By Ita Akpan
Cross River State chapter of All Progressives Congress, APC has not known since 2018. The problem started the same year after the state congress which brought Hon. Godwin Etim John to office as the state authentic chairman of the party.
In a step toward resolving all matters relating to power-tussle, that brought about series of court actions against the party and members of the party which resulted to the formation of two parallel secretariats and factions in the state.
The state chairman, Hon. Godwin Etim John in a press release on Tuesday 7th July 2020 during a state executive meeting held at the party secretariat Calabar, explaining that, “For the past two years running after my victory of the congress on May 19, 2018, as state chairman of APC, Cross River State chapter. My reign has been derailed by a mirage of actions and counteractions and various litigations due to unconstitutional tendencies, the abuse of power for personal aggrandizement most members of APC who were benefiting from these tendencies were seeing the lawlessness perpetrated by individual as correct and thereby drummed up support
for him instead of condemning the action and submitting to the constitution of the party which we all swore to obey these and many other abnormally almost drag our party to a total eclipse of collapse “The chairman further assured the party faithful that the trouble time has come to an end as the National Executive of the party has resolved to wave into the lingering crises that tend to divide the party between both states and national level.
He also said that “It will be a disservice on my part if I fail to approach our leaders and stakeholders APC Cross River State who in the of the running battles refused to rock the boat or abandoned the party but remain state fast and faithful despite all insult and abuses on them”
His words, “In view of the above, the attention of our founding
fathers and party leaders were drawn which resulted to the dissolution of the National Working Committee, (NWC) of our great party lead by His Excellency Comrade Adam Oshomoleh occasioned by the birth of the Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee by the National Executive Committee of the party on the 25th June 2020. Under the watch of His Excellency, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,Muhammadu Buhari”
The chairman lists the work of the newly appointed
Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Committee to include:
- Organize to hold a convention to elect new national officers of the party.
- To ensure that all litigation lying in various courts in Nigeria
against the party and party members is withdrawn to make room for reconciliation.
The chairman further assured the party faithful that the trouble time has come to an end as the National Executive Committee has resolvedtowave into the lingering crises that tend to disrupt the party progress in the state and many other states of the federation.
He said, “I have been directed by the National Caretaker Committee of
our great party by a memo of 1st July 2020 and duly signed by the
National Caretaker Committee to coordinate with state legal adviser
and the state secretary of our great party to encourage all members
who instituted matters against our party or members to withdraw same
within 14 days from 1st July 2020 with documentary evidence along with withdrawing process should be forwarded to the National chairman, the caretaker committee of our great accordingly” the chairman stressed.