The fractionized state chapter of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in cross river state has now bounced back, operating from one party secretariat as against two even as the party is gearing to wrest power from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in 2023.
Dr. Ntete Bassey Duke, State Secretary APC Care Taker Committee in the state spoke with newsmen in Calabar on the party registration and the state chapter congress election coming up soon.
He said that APC was divided before but has now come together and in the process of registering new members and preparing for the state congress election.
He said that the party is wooing new members and would give opportunity to anybody to vie for any position they want in the party.
His words: “I believe we will have enough materials and I do not see any problem with materials. We will register about 5000 people in all the 196 political wards in the state”
Also, a business tycoon who is a chieftain of the party in the state, Chief Ene Obong Umana a.k.a Eteyen has attributed the comatose state of APC before now in the state was due to greed, noting that everybody wanted an elective position at all cost.
He believes that with the integrity of the party hierarchy with the likes of Prince Jeddy Agba, Sen. Matthew Mbu and Dr. Ntete Bassey Duke, the party will garner the needed momentum to make appreciable impact in 2023.
He said, “the APC in the state today is stronger than ever and is one united party.” “The confusion that thrilled 2015 governorship election in the state will never repeat itself again where electorates did not know who their governorship candidates were.”
Everything has taken a new shape; the party is operating from one party secretariat and the care taker committee members do not belong to any of the factions and are in the process to take over power in 2023”
Chief Eneobong Umana also disclosed that he is a chairman of concerned Elders Forum in Calabar South Local Government and that he is organizing a peace and security meeting in the area to address issues bothering on kidnapping, cultism, and armed robbery.
“what we experienced during the #EndSARS protest and youth restiveness posed a threat in our area. I am expecting traditional rulers, village heads, youth leaders and politicians to fashion a way out on this matter.
Chief Enebo Umana also said that he has employed over 100 youths in his business as part of his effort to reduce unemployment as well as contribute to the economy of the country.
By: Francis Ogar