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Saturday, October 16, 2021

October 16, 2021

FULL LIST: APC Elects New Excos In Cross River


Cross River APC elects new State Executive Committee


State Chairman - Barr. Alphonsus Eba


State Deputy Chairman - Eka Williams


State Secretary - Barr. Bassey Offiong Mensah


State Assist. Secretary - Hon. Joseph Ogar


State Legal Adviser - Barr Awah Pius


State Assist. Legal Adviser - Barr. Umoh Etim Effiong


State Treasurer - Godwin Inyang John


State Assist. Treasurer - Dr. Mathew Egong


State Organizing Secretary - Engr. Thomas Aruku


State Assist. Organizing Secretary - Dr Owoh Erim Agbor


State Publicity Secretary - Erasmus Ekpang


State Assist Publicity Secretary - Hon. Emmanuel Edem Inyang


State Financial Secretary - Effiom Bassey Effiong


State Assist. Financial Secretary - Mr Erong Igwe


Stats Women Leader - Dr. Pauline Akor


State Assist Women Leader - Mrs Maria Asumpta Offiong


Zonal Vice Chairman North - Emmanuel Ateb


Zonal Vice Chairman Central - Hon. Abubakar Ibiang


Zonal Vice Chairman South - Mrs Tity Ndofon


State Youth Leader - Emmanuel O. Bassey


State Assist Youth Leader - Elemi Cyril Emmanuel


Senatorial Youth Leader North - Dr. Joseph Idagu Ogar


Senatorial Youth Leader Central - Hon. Samuel Ankwo


Senatorial Youth Leader South - Mr. Cyril Ene


Senatorial Women Leader North - Mrs Inakefe Janet


Senatorial Women Leader Central - Mrs Love Eroma Agbor


Senatorial Women Leader South - Dr. Helen Isamoh Egodo


State Auditor - Mr Charles Iru Iyam


State Assist Auditor - Offum Festus Agbor


State Welfare Secretary - Hon. Okora Ekawu


State Assist Welfare Secretary - Eld. Akiba Ayi Okpok


State Special Leader - Chief Edet Ita Asia


Ex Officio 1 - Mr Joseph Ibia


Ex Officio 2 - David Alui Along


Ex Officio 3 - Lukpata Benedict Ikade


Ex Officio 4 - Chief Enebong Umana




October 16, 2021

Alphonsus Ogar Eba emerges Cross River APC Chairman

Alphonsus Eba

 

Barrister Alphonsus Ogar Eba Saturday emerged the State party Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Cross River State.


Ogar emerged chairman through a consensus voice votes by party stakeholders as he went into the race unopposed. 


In attendance to observe the conduct of the Congress was a 7-man state Congress Committee including Alhaji Abubakar Malami, Barrister Emilia Okonji, Chairman and Secretary respectively.


The new state APC Chairman, while thanking Governor Ayade who is the leader of the party in both the state and the South South Region, elders of the party for the confidence reposed in him, however promised not to betray the trust, even as he called for members to support him so that the party can retain power in the state come 2023.


The Congress which witnessed delegates from the 18 local government areas, also had party chieftains from the three senatorial comprising Minister of State for Power, Jeddy Agba, former Senate Leader, Senator Ndoma Egba, former Minister of Niger Delta, Pastor Usani Usani Uguru, Senator John Owan Enoh, member representing Abi-Yakurr Federal Constituency, Hon. Alex Egbona, Hon Legor Idagbo, Mike Etaba, Speaker of the House of Assembly, Eteng Jones Williams. 


Addressing party faithful, stakeholders after emerging party chairman, Eba thanked the delegates and the party for the opportunity given to him to serve as Chairman.



Saturday, October 9, 2021

October 09, 2021

OPINION: CROSS RIVER STATE IS NOT A THEATRE OF POLITICAL COMBAT, SAD SPECTACLES AND INJUSTICE MUST NOT DEFACE OUR REALITIES: LET THE SOUTH TAKE HER TURN By Vincent Effiong


 


Vincent Effiong

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The issue of zoning political offices within the respective political parties has generated so much furor in Cross River State recently, that an x-ray into our political journey and peculiarities have become imperative and abundantly necessary.


Aside the component units that make up our political system, ethnic affiliations play major realistic roles in the Nigerian society such that its significance transcends into our individual political culture. This reality has equally necessitated the "Federal Character" principle enshrined in the Nigerian constitution - where every segment of the country must be represented in governance. Accordingly, any individual challenging a zoning/rotation arrangement is effectively opposing the coexistence of the society he finds himself; such would have to establish a constitutional ground that supports his/her subscription to political hegemony. The zoning of political offices has  been upheld in our national politics over the past two decades of democratic era, especially in the legislature and the executive arms, with a reasonable relation between the end sought to be achieved by the regulation and the means used to achieve that end. 


The system of zoning was first introduced into Nigerian politics by the National Party of Nigeria in the Second Republic. The nexus of this development rested on the heterogeneous nature of the Nigerian State. NPN thought of developing the concept and to assure every member and every segment of Nigeria that the exotic office of the president would one day come to their area or zone. And this is the reason all political conferences that took place after NPN, the idea of zoning kept coming up in such conferences and have been adopted by some conferences as a provision in the Nigerian Constitution. Under (Gen.) Sani Abacha’s constitutional conference, 1994/1995, it was recommended and the military accepted that zoning should be incorporated into the constitution of Nigeria. Since 1999, all the federating units have benefitted from the rotational politics - presidency and principal offices within the National Assembly.


CROSS RIVER STATE AND THE POLITICS OF ROTATION

Before the emergence of democratic era in 1999, two districts out of the old Cross River had developed a working document known as the  “Calabar-Ogoja Accord of 1980” for an equitable allocation of values across the two Senatorial Districts of Calabar and Ogoja. Much have been said about the application of the Calabar-Ogoja Accord to the present political permutations of the State, both from the supportive and opposing ends. While a few elites from the Southern Senatorial District of the State take bearing from the provisions of the accord, others from the Central Senatorial District question its application, pointing to its obsoleteness, which rests on the fact that “signatories to the accord are dead, so the accord is dead”.

Can we also say the Nigerian Constitution is dead, based on the fact that some of those who drafted the constitution have passed on? Whether we argue for or against, either which, we must recognise the fundamental elements upon which the accord was based and the set of people it was made for:


1. The Accord was made by/for the people of Ogoja-Calabar Senatorial districts.

2. The sharing formula was basically for the two senatorial districts.

3. The territory that consisted the Ogoja-Calabar Districts hasn’t changed - same people formed the present day Cross River State. 


SO WHAT HAS CHANGED?

The addition of new extra senatorial district to the existing two districts during the state creation to make the present day Cross River State. Notably, THE NEW SENATORIAL DISTRICT WAS CREATED OUT OF BOTH OGOJA AND CALABAR. Logically, it would not be out of place to conclude that nothing has changed; this, therefore reveals the arrogance and rudeness in referring to the Accord as an obsolete material that should be cast to the bins of history.  Until an alternate document is made, the Calabar Ogoja Accord remains a useful document to reflect on our political history and the imperatives of coexistence.


Fast-forwarding to 2015, it was this same principle of zoning and rotation that saw the emergence of Sen. Ben Ayade of the Northern Senatorial District as the Governor of Cross River State. Why is the arrangement raising dust now that it is the turn of the South to produce the next Governor? Our neighbouring state, that ought to have been learning from us are already ahead in this peaceful arrangement. Equitable rotation of power has become their political culture. From 1999, the zoning arrangement started from the Uyo Senatorial District to Ikot Ekpene, succeeded by Eket; and everyone is already keeping an eye on Uyo Senatorial District to produce the next Governor in Akwa Ibom State, come 2023.


Zoning is not excessively restrictive; it is only a means of ensuring every Senatorial District have a fair share in government. There is no senatorial district in Cross River State bereft of a credible candidate for the governorship seat, why would one think zoning will bury meritocracy? We have coexisted through this path of peace. True peace is not merely the absence of war, it is the presence of justice. And we must tow the path of equity and justice. Opposing this fundamental principle with stream of logicality questions our conscience, and of course, knowledge which is divorced from justice may be called cunning rather than wisdom.


While others are utterly against zoning, some believe the rotation can begin from anywhere, haven gone round the three senatorial districts. From all justifiable moralities, such notion is heresy expressed in the most infelicitous amalgam. Should the next Governor come from the Northern Senatorial District who has just completed two term? Supposed a chorus NO serves the response, what would then make it an open contest if the northern senatorial district is excluded from the race? By 2023, Southern Senatorial District would have been out of power for 16 years – four years away from two decades, while the Central District would have reached 8 years by the same year. The elements of democratic zoning vis-à-vis; peace, equity, unity, political stability and justice have positive and significant effects on the growth of our dear State, we must not sacrifice this for our personal interest. 


Cross River South comprises 7 Local Government Areas – the highest in the State. Aside this, two Local Government Councils serve  as the State’s capital and seat of Government; it will be a gross injustice to deny the senatorial district her turn in the power rotation.


Summarily, the nation at large is going through trying times in our political history, with embarrassing records of unrest glaringly attributed to marginalisation, unjustifiable form of distribution of wealth and income across geo-political strata. It is against this backdrop that all federating components must pursue justice and equity to forestall tensions and deleterious tendencies. The heinous move by some elements to deny the Southern Senatorial District a fair share of the power pie MUST be opposed by every well meaning Cross Riverian. CROSS RIVER STATE IS NOT A THEATRE OF POLITICAL COMBAT, SAD SPECTACLES AND INJUSTICE MUST NOT DEFACE OUR REALITIES: LET THE SOUTH TAKE HER TURN!


Friday, October 8, 2021

October 08, 2021

Fresh Trouble For Governor Ayade, Deputy As PDP Ask Court To Sack Them From Office

Governor Ayade & Deputy

 


By Aina Ojonugwa 


The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked the Federal High Court, Abuja,  to sack Senator Ben Ayade and Prof. Ivara Ejemot Esu as  Governor  and deputy governor of Cross River State respectively.


The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), APC and the deputy governor, Prof. Ivara Ejemot Esu were joined as defendants.


The party said the Court action followed the defection of  Ayade and Prof.  Esu to the All Progressives Congress (APC) which did not win the March 9, 2019 Governorship election in Cross River State.


Ayade was elected under the PDP in 2015 and 2019, but defected to the APC on May 20, 2021 along with his deputy, Prof. Esuas


Filing an application at the Federal High Court, Abuja, the  PDP said the mandate given by the Cross River’s electorate in the 2019 governorship election was to the PDP.


It claimed that Ayade, who was the Party’s candidate in the election, cannot transfer the mandate to the APC or any other political party.


The PDP, therefore in the suit filed by five Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SAN) led by Emmanuel C. Ukala (SAN), is asking among  others, “a judicial declaration giving the PDP an opportunity to nominate a replacement to the seat of the Governor and the deputy Governor in Cross River State.


“A declaration that in view of the provisions of section 221 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic, 1999 (as amended) and the democratic system of governance operated in Nigeria, votes at the election and elections are won by political parties and not their candidate or the candidates sponsored at the election by the political parties.”


The PDP is also seeking an order directing the1st defendant (INEC) “to immediately receive from the plaintiff (PDP), the name of its candidates to replace the 3rd and 4th defendants (Ayade and Esu) for the purpose of utilizing the lawful votes cast in favour of the plaintiff or in the alternative directing the 1st defendant to hold a gubernatorial election for Cross River State in accordance with Section 177 of the Constitution (excluding the 3rd and 4th defendants who are disqualified from participating in the election by virtue of Section 192 (1) (b) of the Constitution) arising from abandonment of the majority lawful votes and the offices occasioned by the action of the 3rd and 4th defendants by reason of their becoming members of the 2nd defendant who did not win majority of the lawful votes cast at the election.

“An order directing the 1st defendant to immediately declare the persons nominated or to be nominated to it by the plaintiff as Governor and Deputy Governor of Cross River State…an injunction restraining the 1st defendant, its agents, privies, servants and assigns or any person howsoever from recognizing and or continuing to recognize the 3rd and 4th defendants as Governor and Deputy Governor respectively of Cross River State or granting to them any right, benefit or recognition in relation thereto.”


In addition, the Party is also seeking an order of perpetual injunction “restraining the 1st defendant, its agents, privies, servants and assigns or any person howsoever from recognizing and or continuing to recognize the 2nd defendant (APC) as the political party whose members occupy the offices of Governor and Deputy Governor respectively of Cross River State on the strength of the 9th March 2019 election won by the plaintiff. Perpetual injunction restraining the 3rd and 4th defendants forthwith from putting themselves out or parading themselves as Governor and Deputy Governor respectively of Cross River State.


“An order of perpetual injunction restraining forthwith the 2nd defendant, its agents, privies, servants and assigns or any person whatsoever from putting themselves out or parading themselves as the political party whose members occupy the offices of Governor and Deputy Governor respectively of Cross River State.”


Christian Ita, Special Adviser, Media and Publicity to Governor Ayade, said, “given the relevant provisions of the Constitution,  the PDP  are just jokers and jesters who are embarking on mere academic exercise for cheap headlines in the media.” He declined further comment.



Thursday, September 16, 2021

September 16, 2021

Former Minister, Fani-Kayode Dumps PDP For APC, Meets President Buhari










A Former Minister of Aviation during the President Olusegun Obasanjo government, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode has formally joined the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.

Chief Fani-Kayode met with President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday. He was brought to the Villa by the Chairman, Caretaker Committee of the APC, and governor of Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni.





Wednesday, September 8, 2021

September 08, 2021

C'River PDP Assembly Members Drag Speaker, 17 Other APC Lawmakers To Court For Sharing Their Allowances

 

Rt. Hon. Eteng



ByJoseph Obung


Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members of the Cross River State House of Assembly (CRSHA), who refused to defect to the All Progressives Congress (APC) have dragged the speaker and 17 other members who defected, to court.


Recall that 18 House members had joined Governor Ben Ayade in APC as soon as the governor dumped the umbrella party. Seven member however remained with the PDP.


The suit filed by the seven PDP members came up for hearing in the Vacation Court, situated at Moore Road, Calabar.


The plaintiffs are accusing the speaker and principal officers of deliberately sharing allowances accruing to PDP members.


Spokesman for the plaintiffs and member representing Calabar municipality in the House, Efa Esua, in an interview, said the defendants have filed their defense accordingly.


“They have filed their defense and preliminary objection to the suit and served us a day to hearing, but we are entitled to some days to file our response and so the matter was adjourned to September 14, 2021 for arguments on the motion on preliminary objection.


“We did not take the state government to court as insinuated. We took our colleagues, 18 of them who defected to the APC, to court. Our colleagues, led by the speaker, have constituted a law to themselves.


“When our money comes from the state government, after taking their own, they would sit down and share our own allowances among themselves. That is overhead and local government allowances.


“They have done that for the past three to four months purporting to obey instruction from the higher authority. This is what they have done to seven of us who refused to defect with them to APC.


“We are praying the court to cause them to give our monies, that is, what is due us, to us. The clerk of the assembly is trying to deny it, saying that there is no such thing and that allowances are used in running the affairs of the assembly. But we have documents to show how they shared our money,” he submitted