Our attention has been drawn to a piece by a respectable member of our great party, Chief Godwin Okoi Obla wherein he made a flawed analysis of the state of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Cross River.
Chief Obla’s position is a mere regurgitation of the same false claim by some party chieftains who have refused to avail themselves of the facts about the APC in the state.
As a lawyer and a senior one at that, Chief Obla knows that facts speak for themselves.
In the Northern Senatorial District of the state, there are two House of Representatives seats. In Ogoja/Yala Federal Constituency, the ticket went to Chief Jude Ngaji who is an old member of the APC, while that of the Obudu/Bekwarra/Obanliku Federal Constituency was retained by the incumbent, Rt. Hon. Legor Idagbo.
As for the Senate ticket, only one member of the so-called old APC, indicated interest and apart from obtaining the nomination form, nobody saw her campaign or make any form of consultation.
And for the Cross River Central Senatorial District, the ticket for Abi/Yakurr Federal Constituency was retained by a member of the old bloc, Hon. Alex Egbona. The Ikom Boki/ Federal Constituency also went to an old member, Victor Bisong Abang (Mature).
So in the Central Senatorial District, two out of three House of Representatives tickets went to old members of the APC.
In the Southern Senatorial District, virtually every member of the old APC who indicated interest wanted to be governor.
Tellingly, the governorship ticket was picked by the very popular Senator Prince Bassey Otu, an old APC member.
We wish to put it on record that we appreciate Chief Obla and other leaders and stakeholders of the party for what they have done and will continue to do for the APC.
However, at times like this, we need them to show the disposition of elders and leaders because in every political contest, not everyone will win. Some will win, while others will lose but in the final analysis, everybody is a winner because we are one indivisible party and one family.
Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the Governor.