By Nsa Gill, The Nation Newspaper
The Cross River State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has resolved to elect a substantive chairman after five years of numerous legal tussles.
The party, in a meeting of the State Working Committee (SWC) last weekend, resolved to replace Dr. Matthew Ojong Achigbe, who died in a motor accident in November, 2018 with a nominee from the Obubra local government chapter of the party.
Achigbe’s tenure had been authenticated by the National leadership as well as court judgements but the challenge of the state leadership predates the tenure of late Dr. Achigbe.
Former Minister, Pastor Usani Usani, was the last substantive chairman, leaving the seat vacant when he was appointed in 2015.
“Achigbe hailed from Obubra local government area and has to be replaced with a nominee from the Obubra chapter as prescribed by relevant statutes or precepts of the party,” the SWC decided.
The decision of the Working Committee to begin process for Achigbe’s replacement came on heels of submission of seven nominees from the Obubra chapter to the SWC during its emergency meeting on Monday at the party secretariat along Barracks Road, Calàbar.
The SWC had earlier, specifically listed the vacant positions to be filled to include those of Chairman, State Assistant Secretary, State Assistant Welfare Secretary, Vice Chairman (Central Senatorial District) and Zonal Woman Leader (Central Senatorial District)
A statement by the State Publicity Secretary Bassey Ita said the SWC had been given an ultimatum of two weeks to complete process of filling the vacant positions.
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