By Ushang Ewa
Documents obtained by CrossRiverWatch show that Mr. Joe Agi’s bid to contest in the October 31, 2020 senatorial bye-election in northern Cross River may not happen if allegations by his ward chairman, Mr. John Oko are relied on by the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Mr. Oko, the chairman of the APC in Okuku ward of Yala Local Government Area where Mr. Agi, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria hails form, had in a letter dated August 14, 2020 and addressed to the Vice Chairman, North of the party in Cross River, alleged that the lawyer is not a member of the party.
“This is to notify you that Barr. Joe Agi is not a member of All Progressives Congress at Okuku Ward where he comes from. His name is not in the Ward Register and he has not had consultation with us whatsoever,” read the short letter.
And, 10 days letter on August 24, 2020, a member of the APC from Ibiaragidi ward in Bekwarra Local Government Area, Mr. Ushie Innocent Eneji instructed his lawyers to write the chairman of the National Caretaker and Extra-ordinary Convention Planning Committee of the APC in protest against Mr. Agi’s participation in the primaries election.
Mr. Innocent alleged that Mr. Agi is still a card-carrying member of the People’s Democratic Party in Cross River State as he is yet to formally resign.
According to the letter, Mr. Agi is not duly registered in the party to warrant a waiver if that were to be considered.
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