From, Tina Ezin, Calabar
People’s Democratic Party, (PDP) Cross River State chapter has described the All Progressives Congress (APC) as an alien party in the state that decided to buy a wrong player in Ayade.
The Chairman of the Caretaker Committee of the party, Mr Efiok Cobham stated this yesterday at the party Secretariat while inaugurating a seven man committee to fill some vacant positions at the ward level.
He said the governor’s defection to the APC was a blessing in disguise, adding that the party has already built a strong foundation that cannot be shaken even with Ayade’s exit.
“The APC is a strange party in Cross River State and so they are trying to introduce themselves to the people. They went to the transfer window and bought a wrong player in Ayade.
“The PDP has won several governorship elections in the state and so we do not need to introduce ourselves to the people The goodwill for the PDP is still as strong as it used to be and the people defecting with the governor are his appointees.
“Socketing is a kind of blessing in the state because it offers room for fresh air and creates an opportunity for the executive to explain it’s inadequacies”, Cobham maintained.
The Chairman, assured members that the Godwin Eta committee would further reposition the party’s strong hold, adding that inauguration would take place in the 196 wards across the state to create room for the teeming youths to take up leadership positions.
On his part, chairman of the committee Eta thanked the party for choosing them for a critical task such as this, saying,”We thank you for finding us worthy to save the state in this capacity and for selecting people who are highly experienced.
“The peace and furtherance of our electoral values will depend on the tactful management of the assignment given us. We are going to be very thorough and are going to submit our report with our credibility and integrity intact”.
The seven man committee has three weeks to submit it’s report and it’s terms of reference include examining all wards and chapter executives of the party as presently constituted.
Others are finding out vacancies that have arisen as a result of resignation/decamping and finding out in consultation with stakeholders suitable replacements.
The committee has Hon. Donatus Etim as secretary, Dr. Rose Atsu-Arop, Mrs. Ekondua Amaoke, Hon. Emmanuel Etene, Pastor Anthony Effiong and Hon. Ignatius Agabi as members .