By Jonathan Ugbal Follow @NaijaJonathan
Ahead of the 2019 general elections, the Cross River State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has charged its members aspiring for positions to demonstrate capacity beyond grassroots mobilization as the state is in need of good governance as a panacea to ensuring fast progress to achieving democratic dividends.
The party disclosed this in a statement issued Tuesday in Calabar and signed by the State Publicity Secretary, Mr. Mens Ikpeme which said that “few aspirants” have shown interest in the gubernatorial position which the party outlined a few factors that must be adhered to.
The party said that it is “counting,” as the hierarchy is; “Very interested in her aspirants, APC knows that Cross River State’s slow progress towards democratic dividend is largely attributed to poor governance and APC is determined to change that.”
The party listed the factors to be looked out for as follows: “Are these Aspirants capable of playing the role of strengthening, educating and increasing the competiveness of the political chain of the state, vis-a-vis mobilize party members/electorates in their constituencies and state to engage in grassroots election awareness?
“This will show how important they are to the development of our people, our society and the state, and will also demonstrate their desire to succeed.
“It is important for them to highlight that their campaigns is a state, National and Global campaign, as this will show that their dividend of standing elections as Governors go beyond promises of building roads, hospitals and schools. It includes sound and good representations in governance, accountability and responsiveness.
“The aspirants shall show that they have the capacity and resources to carry this very large state’s Electoral system and must have reserve capacity to satisfy the system to accommodate far reaching challenges without significant interruptions.
“They must show that they have provided reasonable organizational capacity within the party, so that members shall feel challenged to identify who amongst them is better poised on terms of networking and experience to harness the millions of members of the party.
“Who amongst them supports the party agenda and take into considerations the rules of the party elections as well as the political and economic realities in which their ambitions must function. Would they be able to help voters/delegates make informed choices or they intend to manipulate voters or notoriously mislead potential voters in information dissemination.”
On electioneering, the party urged aspirants to “Push themselves to all limits in winning elections,” and frowned at insinuations such as “defectors,” adding that: “The party regards all her members as full-fledged members.”
They should prove that they are potential election winners and should demonstrate that they have the capacity to remove the sitting governor.
CrossRiverWatch had reported that former federal legislator, Paul Adah had declared his intention to contest for Governorship, while former guber aspirant on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party, Venatius Ikem told CrossRiverWatch that he was consulting and will declare subsequently.