C’ River PDP raises alarm over APC’s plan to occupy disputed Secretariat

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Cross River State chapter has raised the alarm over plans by the newly elected officials of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the State to illegally occupy its Secretariat currently in contention.

In a Press Statement made available to Journalists in Calabar, the State Publicity Secretary, Mr Mike Ojisi described the planned action as “an act of lawlessness”.

“The peace-loving people of Cross River State were once again greeted by another reckless act of lawlessness orchestrated by the unproductive All Progressive Congress in Cross River State.

“The People’s Democratic Party Cross River State received with grave concern the news of the unlawful invasion of our Party’s Secretariat at Murtala Mohammed Highway Calabar, by the yet-to-be inaugurated handpicked State Working Committee of the APC led by the factional Chairman, Barr. Alphonsus Eba.

“To this end, it has become absolutely imperative and instructive that we address this issue and make it clear that the lawless APC lacks the locus standi to invade the said party Secretariat which is still under contention.

“It’s also worthy of note to stress that following the instructions of the AIG Zone 6 Police Command for both parties to stall administrative duties in the Secretariat until the investigation into the matter is properly concluded, the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party was shocked to witness the forceful invasion of the Secretariat which has been under lock and key.

“As law-abiding citizens, we hereby, without any form of equivocation call on the AIG Zone 6, Commissioner of Police, Civil Defence and heads of all Security Agencies in Cross River State to expeditiously intervene and help restore the rule of law in the face of this brazen and evasive rape of the law by the APC, ” Ojisi said.

He called on the APC to respect the rule of law and redeem its image in the eyes of the people, “at least for once”.

“As a party with the inalienable right to freedom of association as enshrined in our nation’s constitution, we shall continue to resist any attempt by the APC to gag, victimize or subjugate members of our great party.

“We also call on our teeming supporters and members of our great party to remain calm and law-abiding as we explore all legal and legitimate means towards reclaiming our party Secretariat, ” Ojisi said.

It would be recalled that the said Secretariat which has been housing the PDP since it’s inception in the State, was taken over by the APC upon the defection of Governor Ben Ayade early this year.

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