By Ushang Ewa
The Cross River state contact person for the #TakeItBack Movement, Mr. Agba Jalingo, has debunked rumors that he has been made the State Chairman of the newly registered political party, African Action Congress (AAC).
AAC is one of the 23 new parties registered by the Independent National Electoral Commission.
And, Jalingo, in a statement issued in Calabar today and made available to CrossRiverWatch said, while he remains committed and fervent in his determination to mobilise and work for the party, he however has no interest in leading the party or running for any elective position.
He added that the task of getting in the field and building the party at the grassroots and making it acceptable to the generality of Cross Riverians, is more important to him than administering the party.
“It is important that I debunk insinuations flying around that I have been made the state chairman of our party, AAC in Cross River State. The party currently has no state chairman. I am only the state contact person for the #TakeItBack movement.
“However, the existing coordinating committee of the #TakeItBack movement is in marathon meetings with some very respected Cross Riverians who we have approached and some who have indicated interest in the leadership of the party with a view to evolving a credible and competent state executive for our party.
“I want to assure our members and Cross Riverians that, with the level of engagement we have reached, we are poised to present some of the finest crop of leaders that will reassure everyone that we mean business and know exactly what we are gunning for. Our efforts and consultations are going on smoothly and the general public will be duly informed.”
The party is expected to push forward the #TakeItBack movement which has had presidential aspirant, Omoyele Sowore spearheading it.
Meanwhile, CrossRiverWatch has gathered that the State chairman of the party may eventually emerge from Cross River central senatorial district, with some big names already being speculated.
This reporter also gathered that, a long time journalist and lecturer in the department of Mass Communication of the Cross River University of Technology, Mr. Cornelius Ellah, may also become the spokesperson of the party in the state while a female lawyer from the southern senatorial district, currently working in the development sector in state is also set to emerge as the state secretary of the party, with one source hinting that, Ekeng Inyang, may emerge the State youth leader.
It was also learnt that some frontline governorship aspirants in the state as well as those seeking seats in the National and State Assemblies have also opened up discussions with the party.
A source told CrossRiverWatch that one of the young and popular governorship aspirant is in discussions with the party and may soon join the AAC, to vie for the seat.
Also, registration of membership of the party and indication of interest to contest is ongoing on the party website: www.aacparty.org
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