Traffic, Commercial Activities On A Standstill As Cross River PDP National Assembly Members, Former Governor, Ayade’s Commissioners, State Assembly Members, Others Meet In Calabar, Vow To Take Back Secretariat
Traffic and commercial activities have been halted as members of the Cross River PDP National Assembly, former Governors, Ayade’s Commissioners, and members of the State Assembly meet in Calabar.
Commercial operations in the area of the PDP stakeholders meeting in Calabar, Cross River State, came to a standstill on Sunday.
When former governor senator Liyel Imoke, Essien Ayi, and senior members of the party from within and outside the state arrived, mobile policemen, police officers, civil defense operatives, and the DSS struggled to control the crowd. WeetalknaijaBlog got information.
Members of the party’s national and state assemblies, commissioners, and special advisers were also present at the meeting.
All major roads and streets in the state were closed for the stakeholders gathering, causing traffic jam for motorists.
Efiok Cobham, Esq, Chairman of the PDP Caretaker Committee for Cross River State, has announced that the party will reclaim their seized secretariat from APC Governor Ben Ayade.
On Thursday, May 20, 2021, Ayade switched to the ruling APC, and on Saturday, May 22, 2021, the APC took over the PDP secretariat with armed policemen.
Cobham said it was astonishing to wake up and witness our party secretariat, which had been rented since 1999, being taken over by a ribak party, at the PDP stakeholders meeting in Calabar on Sunday.
Former Deputy Governor of Sen Liyel Imoke’s government, Sen Liyel Imoke, voiced alarm about the development, saying it may lead to a crisis, and urged security agents to leave their secretariat.
“We are still the owners of the land since we paid for it, and we will get it back,” he explained. We don’t want to cause a problem, so we’re pleading with them to restore our workplace to us. We are a democratic party, and we will use all democratic procedures to reclaim our property and papers. And we congratulate our members on their patience and perseverance in the face of adversity. We further say that we have no plans to hand over Cross River to the APC.”
Prof Stella Attoe, a member of the PDP Board of Trustees, said she was impressed by the high turnout at the stakeholders’ meeting, adding that what occurred has allowed the party’s owners to reclaim their party.
She stated that all attempts are being made to realign the party and return it to its grassroots.
Gershom Bassey, the senator representing the Southern Senatorial District, also spoke, saying that the PDP belongs to everyone and that it has built people from the ground up, so anyone trying to pocket the party will fail, and that the PDP will continue to speak truth to power at both the state and federal levels.
“We are not frightened of what is occurring in the state because we have confronted it from the beginning,” Sandy Onor, the senator for the Central senatorial district, stated. We cannot be limited to a state of putting food on the table. The decision to join the APC is entirely personal, and I believe it is the most irresponsible to defect and then steal our secretariat. We’re bringing the celebration back to you. And we must observe all democratic processes at all levels, from the ward to the state.”
Jarigbe Agom Jarigbe, a member of the House of Representatives representing the Ogoja/Yala federal constituency, said: “I have been vindicated because I have been in the forefront and I have waited for this day.” We are not going to take the defection lightly. We’re going to consolidate.
“The food on the table is a terrible slogan since it has existed in the state for a long time. Our institutions were functioning at the time, and we were able to empower individuals without the need of political offices or appointees. We made a mistake, but we must remedy it right away.
Party leaders from wards and local governments, as well as hundreds of party supporters from across the state, attended the stakeholders conference.
Other notable stakeholders present at the meeting include the leader and former Governor, Sen Liyel Inoke, Reps Essien Ayi (Calabar South/Akpabuyo/Bakassi); Etta Mbora (Odukpani/Calabar Municipality), Chris Agibe (Ikom/Boki) Daniel Asuquo (Akamkpa/Biase), some.members of the state house of Assembly, commissioners and Special Advisers, Emmanuel Ibeshi, former National Publicty Secretary, as well as members of the newly- inaugurated caretaker committee.
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