By Obeten Godfrey
An aspirant for the position of the senator representing the Cross River Central Senatorial District, Mr. Kammonke Abam has resigned from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) where he had announced his decision to contest.
Abam, in a letter dated July 12, 2018 and addressed to the chairman of the party accused the party of undermining his kith and kin.
He said this made him, “constrained to resign in protest against the surreptitious plan to deny those of us from the Old Obubra axis of the party and particularly Ugep, the opportunity to fly the party’s flag which we believe is historically justified to be zoned to us.”
The biographer alleged that in the last couple of months, the efforts made to secure the ticket of the party for the central senatorial district by those from the old Obubra axis and particularly from Ugep in present day Yakurr local government area, have have been severely undermined.
“It has become very obvious that the political scale is deliberately and unfairly tilted to favour Old Ikom,” Abam alleged.
He expressed mixed feelings for his resignation. “I am sad that I will be leaving some of my longtime party friends that I have had the pleasure of working with over the years,” he said.
He continued: “Having been a loyal party member all these years, I am saddened that I have to leave the party that has given me the opportunity to serve my state as a political appointee to two successive Governors for 9 years.”
Abam, who is the Chief Executive Officer of Profiles and Biographies, publishers of the contemporary who is who in Cross River said he had consulted widely for his decision, maintaining that: “I do not think I need to wait for the smoke of this stealthy plan to choke me before taking the necessary actions to protect my inalienable right to contest for any position of my choice under the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
Furthermore, he averred that those in the party that are orchestrating this act may have the “power” to decide who gets the senatorial ticket, but, maintained that, “they have a limit as to how the rest of us will respond to such an action.”
It is unclear which party he will eventually join. But, he told this reporter that: “We are in strategic meetings with the party we are moving to. We will let you know when we have concluded our discussions with the party.”
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