Worried by the surge in crime in Calabar the capital city of Cross River State and its environs, members of Automobile Spare Part Dealers Association in Calabar (ASPDAC) said it will assist Governor Ben Ayade to make the municipality and environs crime free.
The Chairman Mr. Felix Odigwe made the declaration on Thursday in Calabar during his acceptance speech shortly after being elected President (ASPDAC) in the association that was without executive for seventeen years.
In the election, Odigwe polled 227 votes to emerge the winner while the second runner up scored 90 votes and third contestant 17votes.
The President acknowledged the dire insecurity in the state and the country as a whole. He said his members would assist the security team in the state to fight the scourge.
“Security issue is not the business of the government alone but of everybody. This is where we live and also do business. We must contribute our quota to the development of the state”.
Odigwe further said, “My administration will rebuild the association that has existed for 17years without executives. We have been divided for too long without peace and unity”
“I will restore peace in ASPDAC and ensure that we work under one umbrella. That is top on my agenda”.
Earlier, Eze Ndigbo Cross River State, Eze E.A Nwenyi said he came to ASDDAC to witness the elections and to present the leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Cross River State, High Chief Festus Odoemena, and president General Igbo Community Calabar Pharm. Sam Onyeka .
Eze Nwenyi Charged his people to live in peace with their landlords. He said that the people of Calabar were peace loving people reminiscing that he came to calabar in 1970 to do business and have found the people very loving, receptive and accommodating.
“I charge you to conduct yourself in good manners, peace and obey the laws of the land”.
Eze Ndigbo also said that apart from coming to witness the election with his team, he was there as well to introduce the new leadership of Igbo community in Cross River State that were elected three months ago at Ikom, to them.
He said that there was no crisis in the Ohanaeze Ndigbo in Cross River State. He also said that everybody accepted the result of the election.