C/River crisis: APC makes u-turn, endorses February Congress




The National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives () has overruled its National Vice Chairman, South South, Prince Hilliard Eta on the conduct of the Cross River state that held on February 24.
According to NWC, the Cross River state was properly conducted as all requirements to it was fulfilled.
The APC National Vice Chairman South South had described the mini congress that produced Mr. John Etim as state chairman of the party as illegal and charade.
But reacting to the development, the APC National Organizing Secretary, Sen. Osita Izunaso dismissed Eta’s position, saying: “As far as the party is concerned, that exercise is already concluded.
“The National Vice Chairman South South was the only person that did not vote out of 109 delegates for that election. Only him absented himself and didn’t vote and because he didn’t vote he can’t say it is a charade. Two persons bought forms and contested and one person defeated another. So, why is it a charade? And you know the party has an appeal committee, if anybody is not satisfied with the conduct of the congress why can’t he go to the appeal committee.”
Also reacting to Eta’s position the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs and former APC Cross River State chairman, Usani Usani said the congress was properly conducted as directed by the National Working Committee (NWC).
Usani said, “Well, the National Vice chairman may have to substantiate the impropriety of the conduct because l am surprised on an account of the fact that he had subscribed to the fact that we needed an exercise to have a chairman. I am also aware that in one meeting he called for the zonal meeting in Calabar, l was present when he said that the only authentic and viable authority to give a template for the conduct of that exercise was the National Executive of the party and he said he was going to bring the template down. Though it has taken quit long but it therefore substantiate his claim and confident on rightful authority to do that which is that national leadership of the party. So, l will be surprised if he said so although l don’t know the grounds of his saying so.”

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