By crossriverwatch admin
Prince Jedy Agba, Cross River state front line 2015 guber aspirant has finally dumped his governorship ambition and promised to support Senator Ben Ayade the PDP flag bearer for the state governorship in 2015.
In a statement signed personally by Jedy Agba and made available to CrossRiverWatch, the Obudu Prince said he took the painful decision after President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan appealed to him against defection to other parties on account of dissatisfaction with the conduct of the party primaries, and more recently, following the grave concerns and medical advice of his doctors.
In his reaction, Senator Ayade told CrossRiverWatch that he was proud of Jedy’s approach to the development: “Jedy Agba’s attitude is a magnanimous demonstration of brotherhood and I sincerely want to commend his sportsmanship and brotherhood. I have spoken with him again this morning and I want to assure Cross Riverians that we will work together to make Cross River a better state for all of us.” he said.
The full text is his statement is reproduced below:
Fellow Cross Riveriians, respected ladies and members of our great party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, I salute you.
You will recall that following the recently concluded primary elections at the different levels across our State, I had course to express my misgivings and dissatisfaction over the conduct of the exercise.
My clearly stated grievances which I succinctly outlined in an earlier statement ranged from manipulation of the delegates list to outright voter intimidation.
This resulted in my withdrawal from the race for the gubernatorial ticket of our party, the PDP, in the 2015 elections.
My decision, painful as it was, was reached not without due consideration for the uncommon dedication and sacrifices made by the leadership and entire membership of my campaign team as well as my supporters across the state.
It also did not preclude the option of exploring the possibility of seeking the mandate of the good people of Cross River state on an alternative political platform.
Having weighed all variables and in the light of the appeal by our national leader, presidential candidate and President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan against defection to other parties on account of dissatisfaction with the conduct of the party primaries, and more recently, following the grave concerns and medical advice of my doctors, I have had to come to another painful decision.
After due consideration and cognizance of the imperative to subsume my personal ambition in the greater interest of our party, the PDP, in Cross River state, I have reached the following decisions:
1. I shall not contest the 2015 gubernatorial elections on an alternative platform
2. I shall work within the ambit of our party to ensure that the PDP retains control of Cross River state at all levels.
3. I shall work fully with our party’s candidate, Senator Ben Ayade to ensure his victory in the
4. I shall give my all to ensure that President Jonathan not only wins overwhelmingly in Cross River state, but that he wins the presidential election with an even wider margin than he did in 2011.
For the avoidance of doubt, I remain a loyal member of the PDP. I therefore appeal to my teeming supporters to remain loyal and work for the victory of our our party at the forthcoming general elelctions.
Cross River State is our home, a collective patrimony handed down to us by our progenitors, we should not see this as a letdown, but rather focus on the larger picture and percieve it correctly as a collective sacrifice for the greater good of Cross River state.
I thank you all for your support and reassure you that I remain fully committed to contributing to the growth and development of our dear state.
God bless Cross River state, God bless the Federal Repblic of Nigeria
Goddy Jedy Agba OFR
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