Legislative By-Election: ‘We Are Focused On The Elections Than National Convention’ – APC Chairman, Eba

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The Chairman, Cross River State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress, Barr. Alphonsus Ogar Eba in an interview with CrossRiverWatch sat the Margaret Ekpo International Airport shortly after his arrival from Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory where he was sworn-in on Thursday, February 3, 2022. 10/2/2022. (Credit: Jonathan Ugbal)

By CrossRiverWatch Admin

The Chairman, All Progressives Congress in Cross River State, Barr. Alphonsus Eba has dismissed fears that there may be a conflict of interest come February 26, 2022 on where members in three Local Government Areas of the State should be.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will conduct legislative by-elections to fill vacancies in the Ogoja/Yala federal constituency and the Akpabuyo State constituency on February 26th. Also, the APC will hold its delayed national convention to elect its leadership, with members of the party expected to mobilize for both.

However, Mr. Eba told CrossRiverWatch in an exclusive interview at the Margaret Ekpo International Airport in Calabar upon his arrival from Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory after he was sworn in last week Thursday that party members in the three affected Local Government Areas will stay back to ensure the party emerges victorious at the polls.

“That (national convention) is secondary. Wining the elections is more important to us,” Eba said, adding that the party was working towards a consensus.

“The convention will come. We are building and working towards a consensus. It is not going to be a contest, so nothing to bother. Everybody from Ogoja, Yala and Akpabuyo must takepart in the field, we want to win.”

On the chances of the APC in the field, he averred that the expectation is, “just victory, nothing short of victory. The process was perfect, we got it so well. We brought one of our best, a candelabra to say and then, everybody is ready, everybody is set.”

The party hopes to commence its campaign on the 16th after the stakeholder’s meeting convened by INEC.

Only the APC and the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) have made public their candidates. While the APC fielded a former State Security Adviser and son of a former Senator, Judge Ngaji as its candidate, the PDP is banking its hope on a former Yala Local Government Council Chairman and former commissioner, Mike Usibe.

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