By; VITALIS UGOH, Calabar
Special Adviser, Media and Publicity to Governor Ben Ayade, Mr. Christian Ita has thrown more light concerning alleged occupation of former PDP Secretariat by All Progressives’ Congress (APC) in Cross River State.
A statement issued and signed by him said “the attention of Cross River State Government and the state chapter of the All Progressives’ Congress (APC) has been drawn to a poorly scripted statement by the caretaker committee of the dead and now buried Proples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in the state”.
According to him, “the statement is nothing but a tissue of lies and a cocktail of fraudulent claims”.
Ita noted that obviously, this leadership of the PDP led by Effiok Cobham is driven by greed, avarice and laziness. It is a tactless and clueless leadership.
He said “the puerile statement was an infantile attempt to mislead the public and whip up undeserved public sympathy. But Cobham and his gang failed woefully”.
He declared “First, the said property is a rented property which is not owned by the PDP.”
Therefore, he said “It will interest the public to know that the rent for the said property was only renewed three months ago by the same PDP that has now totally collapsed into the APC”.
The statement said that”the same former officials of the PDP who occupied the property when it was secretariat of the PDP are the persons still occupying it having switched allegiance and moved to the APC with the governor.
So, the claim by Cobham of forceful entry is fraudulent and criminal and should be ignored, he added.
“His claim that the PDP still has tenancy right over the property is pathetic. Pathetic because Cobham failed to realise that the same person who renewed the rent just three months ago has moved to the APC”.
The statement said “If Barrister Cobham is not hiding behind a finger by claiming that the rent was paid by his party, let him name any member of the PDP as constituted today that either contributed or singlehandedly paid the rent”.
“Rather than fight over what does not belong to it, we will advise the shell-shocked and lame duck PDP to look elsewhere to situate their secretariat, he noted”.