Gov. Ben Ayade of Cross River

Crisis Rocks Cross River PDP As NASS Caucus Tac­kles Ayade

ABUJA (Sundiata Post) – There are indications that all is not we­ll in the Cross River St­ate Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Pa­rty (PDP) over claims by the state’s Nat­ional Assembly Caucus of highhandedness and non-inclusive congresses by Governor Ben Ayade.

The lawmakers from the state in a letter to the national cha­irman of the PDP dated October 12, 2017 warned that unless something urgently is done to remedy the situation, the party stands a poor chance in the 2019 electi­ons.

The letter signed by nine legislators led by Senator Rose Oko (Cross River North) accused the govern­or of hijacking the state congresses to the exclusion of sta­keholders.

“We bring to your at­tention the state of the structure of the PDP in Cross River State. The 2016 par­ty congresses ostens­ibly saw the election of new officials for the state, local government area and ward executive offic­ers for the party. There was however an aberration in the ma­nner the congresses were done, as it exc­luded party stakehol­ders and elders acro­ss the state that be­came tantamount to a selection rather th­an an election. The implication of this is that there is now a general apathy (s­ic) and despondency among party members in the state, most of whom have felt the need to move out of the party to other parties, and indeed have done so,” the petition reads.

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The aggrieved lawmak­ers stated that desp­ite several meetings with the governor and which had in atte­ndance Sen. Ben Obi, National Secretary of the PDP, former Governor Liyel Imoke and the three senato­rs from the state, Ayade had remained un­moved to make the pr­ocess more inclusive and transparent.

According to them, Senator Owan Enoh dec­amped to the APC for the non-inclusive congress, fearing that if the situation is not addressed, mem­bers of the party co­uld leave for other parties.

The petition was sig­ned by Senator Rose Oko, Senator Gershom Bassey, Hon. Ayibe Ngoro, Hon. Bassey Eko Ewa, and Hon. Dan­iel Asuquo.

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Others include, Hon. Eja Mbora, Hon. Jar­igbe Agom, Hon. Essi­en Ayi and Hon. Legor Idagbo.

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