By Our Correspondent
A former governor of Cross River State, Chief Clement Ebri has assured Cross Riverians that the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC will offer them an alternative platform to express their political persuasions in the face of the what he called the hijack of the PDP by some individuals.
Chief Ebri was speaking to a crowd of supporters who thronged out to welcome him in a ceremony to formally receive him into the APC in his hometown, Mkpani, Yakurr Local Government in Central Cross River State, December 17.
According to Chief Ebri “The days when political parties belonged to some persons, when one individual will hold party structures as his personal property and hold the state purse as his ATM to dole out to whoever pleases him or her are gone.”
He emphasised that he was not decamping to the APC but that he has been out of political activities for a long while and now that he decided to return to active politics, he is moving into APC formally.
While applauding the tenacity and perseverance of those who stood over the long years to preserve opposition structures in the state, he called on the APC to avoid the mistake the PDP did by ensuring the entrenchment of internal democracy and integration of new members for the rapid development of the party in the state.
Several other speakers at the event called for greater collaboration amongst party faithfuls amd encouraged members to close ranks and work together to ensure the party emerges as the dominant party in the state.
The former was received into the party by the Minister of Niger Delta, Pastor Usani Usani who incidentally is also from Yakurr LGA and a former Commissioner when Chief Ebri was Governor.
Leader of the 7th Senate, Senator Victor Ndoma Egba SAN who also decamped from the PDP to the APC not long ago was also on hand to welcome the former governor into the party.
Other dignitaries at the occasion include the Vice Chairman of APC in Cross River Central, and former Member of the State House of Assembly, Hon Cletus Obun, APC State Secretary, Bishop Victor Ebong, Labor Party Candidate in the last governorship election, Ntufam Fidelis Ugbo, Hon. Alex Egbona, former Member, Cross River State House of Assembly, Hon. Ernest Eki, former Minority Leader, CRSHA, Hon. Alex Irek amongst others.
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