APC Ward Congress In Cross River faces deadlock

Cross River Apc
The ward congresses of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Cross River State was on Saturday stalemated across the 18 local government councils in the state following the alleged refusal of the organizing committee led by Dr. Stanley Ekezie to follow transparent and due processes.

The committee reportedly arrived the State Secretariat of the party late on Friday evening and agreed to hold a meeting of stakeholders by 8am the next day, being the congress date. But as at 4.30pm, there was confusion and uncertainty over the suggestion that the congresses be shifted to the next day.
Speaking to newsmen at the hotel where the committee members were said to be lodging, the National Vice Chairman, South-South, Ntufam Hilliard Eta regretted the situation they were facing in the state.
According to him, stakeholders meeting was to hold by 8am and many critical stakeholders and privileged Cross Riverians including, former Governor Clement Ebri, Senator Owan Enoh, Senator Florence Ita-Giwa, Prof. Eyo Etim Nyong and himself among others went to the state secretariat and waited for hours without any information from the committee.
Upon a tip-off, they got to know the hotel the committee members were lodging and some party officials were caught with materials believed to be the congress forms for the elections, already filled with names of unknown persons.
Eta condemned the act and described it as “fraudulent and unacceptable by any standard”.
He regretted that the outgoing national chairman, Chief John Oyegun is leaving the party in such fractured state where there are crisis across state chapters in the country.
His words, “It was our expectation that We will be improving on the processes of 2014, having spent about 4 years that we would have, as a party added value to the processes, but what we have found today is that the party that was handed over to Chief Oyegun has actually fallen on bad times. And having been a keen watcher of the political history of Nigeria I can tell you that this was what we use to see in PDP.”
He also pointed accusing figured at the National Organising Secretary of the party, Senator Osita Osinasor for being behind those that were sent to Cross River State to carry out a hatchet job to suit “some selfish interests”.
Speaking earlier, Chief Clement Ebri, a former governor of Cross River state and board of trustees’ member of the party, condemned the national leadership for “not leaving up to expectation in promoting due process and transparency”.
He explained that up to the eve of congresses, forms meant for aspirants who had paid money to the designated bank accounts were yet to be issued to many of them.
According to him, “some party officials were alleged to have hoarded the forms and trying to manipulate a very simple process”.
He called on the committee to do what is expected of them to avoid ugly experience as recorded in Rivers State where blood was shed during a pre-congress meeting.
Amidst confusion and the controversy surrounding the stalemate of the congress, there was a reported use of teargas to disperse some members who had stayed put at the secretariat by the police.
Reasons which led the police to use the teargas could not be established as at the time of this report but some hours after the incident, the National Vice Chairman, Ntufam Eta, disclosed that they have agreed to go to the party secretariat with the committee members for the stakeholders meeting which is expected to address lingering matters on the congresses.