The People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Cross River Northern Youths Forum has called for peace in the Senatorial District with the purpose of ensuring that PDP produce a candidate for the Senatorial Bye-Election in a month time to fill the vacant senatorial seat of Cross River North following the demise of Senator Rose Oko and also for the party to win the election.
The call was made yesterday at the Conference Hall of the PDP Secretariat, Calabar after an enlarge meeting of the youths drawn from the five Local Government Areas that constitute the Northern Senatorial District of Cross River State.
The Forum expressed worry that the party may not have a credible candidate in the October Bye-Election and appealed to one of the aggrieved aspirants, Rt. Hon. Jarigbe Agon Jarigbe, currently representing Ogoja-Yala Federal constituency in the lower chamber of the National Assembly to withdraw all litigations challenging the confirmation of Barr. Stephen Odey as the winner of the primary election by PDP National Working Committee (NWC) to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), for the sake of peace as well as the interest of the party.
In a communiqué issued at the end of the meeting the forum reasoned that Rt. Hon. Jarigbe has nothing to loose being a sitting member of the House of Representative who has etched his name in gold arguing that the uncompleted period of second term of Sen. Rose Oko be completed by someone from the Local Government where Rose Oko hailed from.
Some of the resolutions reached were that the party should without further delay initiate a robust reconciliation process among the aggrieved parties with a view to enthronin peace and ultimately guarantee the redemption of the soul of PDP in the area.
The forum also expressed displeasure at the seeming helpless posture of both the elders and leaders of the Northern Senatorial District on their aloofness in an issue as critical as the office of the Senator representing the area in the Senate.
The convener noted that the youths were indeed the leaders of tomorrow and should imbibe and build a healthy relationship. They must not allow the forum and it’s laudable initiative to be seasonal, but should ensure that their initiative transmutes to a major Northern interest group and a dependable voice.
He appealed to the large and vibrant army of youths on both sides, even beyond party lines to immediately sheath their swords as it is clearly the future of the youths.
Lens correspondent reports that the communiqué was signed by representatives from the 5 L.G.As and called for the fostering of the bond of unity and brotherliness among the component units that make up the people of the Senatorial District.