The angling to take over government house in Cross River State from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in 2023 by the All Progressive Congress (APC) is said to have begun in earnest with the inauguration of 36 members caretaker committee in the state to prepare grounds for a smooth state chapter congress election.
Prince Jeddy Godwin Agba, the leader of the party in the State and Minister of State, Power spoke at the African Club in Calabar while inaugurating the 36 members caretaker Committee at the weekend.
He said the party is set to take over government in Cross River by winning all seats from councillorship to the National Assembly in 2023. “Our aim is to capture power at all levels. Only one House of Representative member in the state is not enough.”
The Minister further said that the party will register no fewer than five hundred persons per ward in all the 196 political wards in the State.
Speaking with newsmen shortly after the inauguration, the Chairman of the caretaker committee, Senator Matthew Mbu said APC in Cross River is poised to regain its lost glory by laying a solid foundation and urged all party faithfuls to embrace peace.
His words, “Today is a new dawn for APC in Cross River State and there is no going back. Please put all the past behind you and love one another. We are one party, think of the party’s progress and not individual aspirations. It is a new beginning; we are back together as a family, as one family”.
“See yourself as a member of one family. Factions are things of the past, let us relate with one another. Make sure that we are fair to all and not to be driven by our personal interest, let us not have anybody wanted, he added.
In a separate goodwill message, Utum Eteng, a Human Rights Activist explained that the crisis that rocked the party before now was due to misunderstanding. He suggested a provision for appointment of a liaison officer as well as coordinator at state levels of the party.
He welcomed the Caretaker Committee members saying that is the best thing to do and the way forward.
In his remarks, a former governorship aspirant in the 2015 general election, Prof. Etim Nyong assured that more than five hundred people will be registered in his ward.