By Laureta Akpan
Senate Leader, Victor Ndoma Egba yesterday petitioned the national leadership of the ruling People’s Democratic Party, PDP asking for the immediate dissolution of the Cross River State executive and called on the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party to take over all other processes relating to the outstanding aspects of the party’s activities.
Ndoma Egba, in the petition to the national leadership of the party, accused the Cross River State executive under the chairmanship of Ntufam John Okon, of instigating the sealing of state party headquarters ahead of the party’s delegate elections which scuttled the election of national delegates in the state.
According to the petition addressed to the national chairman of PDP, Dr Adamu Mu’azu, and dated November 10, 2014, Ndoma Egba alleged that “Mr. Chairman, in spite of his premature celebration, it is obvious that the state chairman is clearly disappointed by the outcome of the November 1, 2014 ward congresses in Cross River State followed by his ineptitude in not taking advantage of the appeal process already put in place by the party.
“To demonstrate his frustrations, he detained members of the panel that came to conduct the November 8, 2014 national delegates elections.”
But Okon has described Ndoma-Egba’s petition, calling for the dissolution of the executive committee of the party in the state as mere grandstanding.
According to the state PDP chairman, the leadership of the party in the state will not sit by while a few moneybags subvert the will of party members as expressed in the ward congress.
He said the disciplinary actions taken against some members of the party were taken by the full executive committee of the party.
He said, “After the ward congresses, an element of criminality was introduced into the exercise when the results of the exercise were switched to favor some moneybags against the will of majority of our party members.
“We found out that some people had compromised the system, and as such needed to act swiftly to instill discipline. The question is who are those that perpetrated this fraud and then rushed to court to obtain an injunction to prevent the party from looking into the matter?
“Everybody in Cross River witnessed the congresses and know what the outcome was. We are merely resisting attempts by a few people to subvert the will of our party members.”
He said the Senate Leader can write as many petitions as he wants, but he won’t fool the National Leadership of the party who already know what transpired during the ward congresses.
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