BY Andrew Ayim
The long-standing leadership crisis rocking the Cross River State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) prior to the 2019 general election has finally been resolved.
The party has had two executives in the state which has greatly polarized the members and stakeholders.
The crisis was alleged to have culminated in the defeat of the party in the 2019 governorship and National Assembly election in the state.
On Saturday, both State Chairmen and chapter executives from Cross River North were in Abuja and announced their resolve to end the crisis in the interest of the party. The harmonised executive meeting and peace resolution was at the instance of the leader of the party and Minister of Power (State), Prince Goddy Jedy-Agba.
Speaking on behalf of the executive, Mr Etim John explained that it became imperative for the party to harmonise and unite so as to reclaim the lost mandate.
“The party in Cross River has been embroiled in conflicts for several years. In these years, we have had two executives in the state that have not always worked together. This culminated in a situation where in the last general election when the party produced parallel candidates. At the end of the day, unfortunately, we lost the election woefully.”
“Happily today, it is my pleasure by the grace of God to announced to you that the two Johns (Etim John and John Ochala) has disappointed those who think they can keep us fighting in perpetuity. The CR-NORTH Senatorial district by-election has provided an opportunity for us to come together, be at peace and work together.”
“The belief is that by this, all issues has been put to rest. Our party has become one strong force again and shall remain the singular strongest opposition in Cross River State. And I can assure you that 2020 and beyond, you can count on our state in the Kitty for our party,” Etim John stated.
Mr John Ochala in his remarks said, “I want to join our leader and other party stakeholders in informing you that the APC crisis in the state has really come to an end. As Acting Chairman, i was part of the problem but now we have one united indivisible party, the APC.”
Receiving the executives, Prince Goddy Jedy-Agba said the resolve has shown clearly that APC has an internal conflict resolution mechanism to settle issues that have been lingering for a long time.
“By your statement and your submission today, it means that all ramblings in the state have been put to rest.
“We are glad that you have come and we assure you that you will receive all the attention from the party headquarters. And in accordance with rules, that is the constitution of our party,” the minister stated.
The meeting had in attendance the Honorable Minister of Power (State), Prince Goddy Jedy-Agba, the two factional State Chairmen; Mr Etim John and John Ochala, all the factional chapter Chairmen and Secretary from Cross River North, formal candidate for house of Representative Bar. Koko Dan, Engr. Eric kanjal stakeholder Ogoja LGA, party stakeholders, elders and youths.
It ended well as both parties celebrated and ate together for love.
United we stand.
APC is on family.