By Peter Inyali
Stakeholders of the All Progressives Congress APC, in Cross River State, last Thursday adopted the direct primaries option for the election of its flagbearers for various positions in next year’s general elections.
Five Governorship Aspirants including Hon. Paul Adah, who has now withdrawn from the race, Barrister Venatius Ikem, Mr. Emmanuel Robson, High Chief Edem Duke and Chief Ogban Ebock were present at the meeting which was presided over by the State Chairman, Dr. Mathew Achigbe and attended by some members of the State Executive Committee (SEC) among others.
Senatorial, House of Representatives and House of Assembly Aspirants also attended the meeting.
No sooner had the State Chairman,Dr. Mathew Achigbe introduced the meeting agenda as being the issue of mode of primaries to adopt than stakeholders sprang into deliberations.
Hon Paul Adah who led the deliberations, swiftly moved a motion for the adoption of direct primaries, an option which Elder Dr. David Okon, as a seconder described as the best that the state may wish to accept from the national echelon of the party.
Dr. Achigbe had hit the”gavel” to affirm the resolve of the stakeholders when a motion to the effect that those who support the idea should indicate, received an overwhelming applause as against naysaying.
Others stakeholders who spoke on the issue affirmed that the Direct Primary option will expand the reach of the party into the hinterlands were the electorates would further appreciate it.
On the ongoing membership registration, the Chairman said interested persons wishing to join the party can register online or manually.
He saluted the efforts of some aspirants who have not only mobilized the new entrants but have equally made copies of the forms available.
Dr. Achigbe however assured that the exercise cannot be hijacked to the advantage of one against the collective interest of the party.
He maintained that at the end of the exercise, there will be thorough scrutiny of the outcome to make sure that all grey areas noticed during the exercise will be addressed for an articulate party register.
State Secretary of the party, Bishop Victor Ebong who harped on the issue said the inauguration is in fulfillment of relevant provisions of the party constitution adding that the caucus was necessary to point to a definite direction that guarantees elections victory for the party in next year’s elections.
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