By; VITALIS UGOH, Calabar
National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has finally inaugurated a new executive council and state working committee (SWC) for the party in Cross River State.
It would be recalled that the state had remained so without elected officers to pilot the affairs of the party following an in conclusive congress held recently and was nullified by the National body.
The New Nigerian Online reported that the party had been in crisis since two parallel congresses was held which produced two different executive councils in May this year.
The executive council was inaugurated after being elected in a state congresses conducted by a five-man congress committee led by Mr Henry Idah Agbom and monitored by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The new executive council, has Dr Mathew Achigbe as chairman, Sir John Ochalla as Vice Chairman and Bishop Victor Ebong as Secretary emerged through voice votes by the delegates at the congress.
Oshiomhole, who was represented by the National Vice Chairman, South-South, Ntufam Hillard Eta, said it was the wisdom of the National Working Committee to dissolve all the state executive councils and elect a new one to move the party forward in the state.
The congress committee chairman, Agbom, said “the party needs a united front in the state so as to take over government in the state in 2019”.
He expressed hope that with the inauguration, the party would win the governorship election in the state in 2019.
The newly inaugurated chairman, Dr Achigbe, expressed gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari, and Comrade Oshiomhole for remaining committed to the rule of law.
He promised to work hard to ensure victory in the elections next year.
Achigbe also expressed commitment to re-electing president Buhari next year.
He called for the support of all members of the party to guarantee success.
Also speaking the Senator representing the Central Senatorial District of the State, Mr John Owan-Enoh, said with the executive council inaugurated, the party would get stronger.
Among delegates at the congress yesterday were former governor, Dr Clement Ebri; former Tourism and Culture Minister, High Chief Edem Duke; former Senator of the Southern Senatorial District, Prince Bassey Otu among others.
In a related development, Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba, has debunked allegation that he boycotted the Congress.
In a statement through Hon. Ernest Irek, he said “Ndoma-Egba is a loyal party man who cannot show disrespect to an order of the National Working Committee (NWC) of APC especially one that has the imprimatur of the National Chairman”.
“The Senator is in Complete support of the congress conducted in Calabar and would personally issue his personal statement once he gets back to the country,” he added.