BY: Eba Alobo
Congress men and women of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), Cross River state chapter have passed a vote of no confidence on the Attah Etim Attah-led Central Planning Committee (CPC) for cancelling election when all delegates have been screened and ready to cast their votes.
The congress men and women who gathered at the stadium today, June 19th passed the resolution after the Attah-led CPC decided to cancel the election citing ‘security information’ as the major cause even when there was heavy security presence including SARS men at the venue of the election.
Speaking during the congress, the former state chairman of the NYCN, Comr. Bernard Okori who preceded over the congress stated that there is no basis for cancellation of the election as there was no security breach and all delegates have been screened successfully. According to him “The interest of Cross River youths supersede that of CPC and it is incumbent on this congress to decide on whether the present CPC can be trusted to conduct free and fair election or not”. He added that the action of the Attah-led CPC is wrong saying “We don’t want to be part of a failed generation. We have followed all activities of the election till the end and we have enough security men on ground. This injustice is what we cannot tolerate. If we go home without taking a decision, posterity will hold us accountable.”
Also speaking, Comr. Agbor Ettah described the Attah-led CPC as the worst in the history of the state youth council saying “We have served this council and there is no worst election than this. As long as the NYCN constitution is concerned, the decision of congress supersede that of CPC. We are here to decide whether this decision should hold or not”.
Reacting, a delegate from Ogoja, Comr. Ogon regretted why the CPC will cancel an election after bringing delegates from across the state and successfully screening them. According to him “It is obvious that there is vested interest and he who pays the piper is trying to dictate the tune. I am therefore passing a vote of no confidence on the Attah-led CPC”. His motion was seconded and subjected to mass voice vote by the presider of the congress. At the end of the voting process, those in support were the majority and therefore the Attah-led CPC was dissolved and there was a call for nomination of new CPC members.
At the end of the nomination process, the following persons emerged as members of the new CPC: Comr. Ernest Akwagiobe representing the North, Comr. Leonard Akwo representing Central, Comr. Eyo Boco representing South, Comr. Eyo Ekpeyong representing the Voluntary Youths Organization (VYO).
The new Central Planning Committee were immediately inaugurated by the convener of the congress, Comr. Bernard Okori and were given thirty days to conduct a fresh election for the National Youth Council of Nigeria, Cross River chapter.
Those successfully screened by the Attah-led CPC to vie for the position of state chairman include Comr. Victor Ndifon, Comr. Dan Obo and Comr. Gifted Nelson who was disqualified but later brought back after protest from congress men present.