By Our Reporter
A frontline senatorial aspirant of the All Progressive Congress, Chief Okoi Obono Obla, has condemned the action of his political party in Cross River State, saying that “it is fractured beyond redemption due to the imposition of candidates during the selection process”.
Obla, a founding member of the APC who served as Secretary of the merger committee that brokered the formation of the party in 2013, made this known in reaction to the just concluded Central Senatorial District APC primary election that held at Ikom Local Government Area, the central senatorial district headquarters, which saw the current Speaker of the state Assembly, Eteng Jonah Williams emerged as winner.
The former Chairman, Special Presidential Investigation Panel, alleged that the primary election was characterized by irregularities and vote buying perpetuated by desperate aspirants in front of security agents. According to him, the delegates list for the election was altered and doctored by the powers that be to support the “anointed aspirant”
He said the party has completely deviated from the philosophy of its founding fathers.
The former presidential aide said he was the major target of the powers that be from day one, and that those involved were at a crossroads on what to do with him and therefore devised crude and inferior methods to edge him out.
According to him “The APC Senatorial Congress for the nomination of the candidate of the Central senatorial district of Cross River State held in Ikom on 28 May 2022, was a charade. The election was marred by vote buying perpetuated by desperate aspirants in front of security agents. Aspirants (except the anointed one) did not know who would be the electors at the election until they got to the polling station.
“It was not surprising that altered and doctored delegate lists by the powers that be to support the “anointed aspirant“. Some of us knew before voting that the election would be a shame.
“The APC has completely deviated from the philosophy of its founding fathers. Let us see how the anointed aspirants will deliver the Party in Cross River State. As it stands the Party, is fractured beyond redemption,”
Results of the Cross River central senatorial election shows the current Speaker of the state Assembly, Hon. Eteng Jonah Williams emerge winner with 152 votes, Akin Ricketts who currently heads the Board of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) scored 109 votes, former DG of the National Center for Women Development, Mary Ekpere polled 35 votes, while Obono Obla polled 19 votes.