By Jonathan Ugbal
Bigwigs of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP in Cross River State last weekend stormed Obudu to welcome over 700 defectors from the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, into the opposition.
The event coincided with the Obudu New Yam festival which the State Chairman of the PDP, Venatius Ikem Esq hosted the party’s 2023 guber candidate, Senator Sandy Onor; senatorial candidate, Senator Jarigbe Agom; House of Representative candidate, Mr. Peter Akpanke among others in his native Begiaba community.
In what seemed a message to stalwarts that the internal fracas that has rocked the party following the nomination of veteran broadcaster, Emana Ambrose – Amawhe as the deputy guber candidate was over, Senator Agom in his speech said the PDP family remains united.
He disclosed that the party is committed to uplifting the well-being of the people, as the opposition legislators had performed better than those of the ruling party. He accused the APC of lacking sincerity and capacity in delivering durable dividends of democracy despite controlling the executive arm of government, in the State.
“Our scorecard across the State even as opposition party legislators in terms of projects, scholarships, job creations, employment, palliative care, capacity building, and start-off grants are simply a tip of the iceberg. We are irrevocably committed to exceeding your expectations come 2023.
“To be candid, we have genuine projects on the ground to solicit for electoral support ahead 2023 more than our state government. Our statistics are verifiable, not audio inclined,” Agom said.
For Mr. Ikem, the event was designed to unite the Obudu people in celebration of the new yam, which is traditionally regarded as the king of crops in the locality.
He expressed appreciation to Senator Jarigbe for the various projects sited across the ten wards of Obudu noting that the impact of such infrastructure on the beneficiaries was huge.