Why APC postponed governorship primary in Cross River


Hilliard Eta
The Cross River State governorship primary slated for Sunday in the various wards has been postponed to Monday (today) due to the late arrival of materials.

The National Vice-Chairman of the party in the South-South, Chief Hilliard Eta, said the postponement was due to the late arrival of the seven-member election committee members sent to the state.
This came amid a protest by two governorship aspirants of the party, Chief Edem Duke and Prof. Etim Nyong, that the party structure was being hijacked by Eta to favour a governorship aspirant from the central senatorial district.
However, Eta denied the claims that he was frustrating the process by allowing some persons to hijack materials.
He said when the committee members arrived the state, they had to pay courtesy calls to some security outfits including the police and the Department of State Services.
“I have heard the allegation that I have connived to hijack election materials.  Let me assure all our members that nothing is farther from the truth.  We have just returned from visits to security services and INEC and the materials are in the custody of the Ali Magaji committee.  The materials will be distributed and by tomorrow, the election will commence in all the 196 wards in the state.”

But earlier, Duke and Nyong had alleged that materials meant for the conduct of the election had been hijacked by the National Vice Chairman, claiming that he was in favour of a particular governorship aspirant.

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