By Our Reporter
A new state executive committee of the Social Democratic Party, SDP has been sworn in to pilot the affairs of the party for a new term.
In a State Congress held in Calabar on Tuesday, the party elected a new set of Exco through affirmation with Ambo Ekpenyong and Newton Bassey emerging as sate Chairman and Secretary respectively.
National Woman leader of the party, Alhajia Margaret Baturbo, who supervised the Congress that witnessed representatives from all the 18 LGAs in the state, expressed delight over the orderly manner the Congress was conducted, charged the new State Executives to be guided by the core principles of the party.
In his acceptance, new chairman of the party, Mr. Ambo Ekpenyong expressed gratitude to members of the party for standing strong during trying period of the party and promised to work harmoniously with all.
“it has certainly been a long contest and tussle judging from the 2019 elections. I sincerely appreciate you for staying through the turbulence as I believe that my entire team put together will deliver within their capacity your highest demand and discipline” Mr. Ambo told his party faithfuls.
About his party’s preparation for the 2023 general elections, he said.
“The journey to 2023 and a new dispensation of Social Democratic Party (SDP) Cross River State Chapter has begun and I implore us all to join the moving train as we achieve success together. Through this leadership, we look forward to a successful outing at the polls come 2023 elections and beyond.
“As our mandate says ‘Social Justice’ we will not play politics with the short-term future of the state, we will work together to get it right as we revive, restore to the books a party and state worthy of residence at all times. Undisputedly, the party at the state level is faced with lots of challenges and difficulties, which within our reach shall reform, reorientate and handle all of these squarely to a reasonable progress. All in competitiveness shall be handled and channeled to the appropriate quarters when necessary”
The national leadership of the SDP had last month appointed Mr. Ambo Ekpenyong acting chairman of the party in the state, replacing Mr. Eni Ikpi who was sacked for anti-party activities.