Stakeholders of the opposition All Progressive Congress, APC, from the Northern Senatorial District of the State have met in Ogoja and agreed that the governorship ticket of the party which was zoned to the district in 2014 has to remain there for a period of eight years.
The meeting resolution is contained in a communique signed by the 2015 governorship candidate of the party, Mr. Odey Ochicha, Deputy State Chairman of the party, Sir John Ochalla, Vice Chairman (north), Dr. Valentine Enjei.
Others who signed the communique were Wabily Nyaim, member, Board of Trustees, two times House of Representatives member, Rt. Hon. Paul Adah, former Reps Member, Dr. Mike Ogar, John Upan Odey and others.
They posited that “the 2019 governorship ticket must remain in the north”; howthat, the party is operating eight years zoning formula which has been used to fill positions in all levels of the party.
“The Cross River North All Progressive Congress (APC) acknowledges that, the APC is a fair and just Party. That, they acknowledge that there is an existing zoning structure within the nation, state and other components of the country that has led to the relative growth and success of APC in the State and Country, generally.
“That, the Cross River North All Progressive Congress (APC) expresses faith in the collective existence of various components of the State in the light of Justice, Fairness and Equity.
“That, Cross River State, being a component of this stability and growth of the Party, Cross River North All Progressive Congress (APC) expects and anticipate that other parts of the State should respect the existing zoning template”
“Therefore, we insist that the governorship of Cross River State in relation to 2019 elections is still domiciled in Cross River North as it was in 2015, which is within the eight (8) years zoning formula, as has been evidenced by all positions thus filled at both National, State and Local Levels.
“Example: Presidency in the North-West, National Chairman of the Party remains in South-South, Edo State to be specific, and National Vice Chairman South-South remains with the Cross River South Senatorial District and Cross River State Chairman in the same spirit remains in Cross River Central Senatorial District. This is in line with the 2018 Congresses NEC guidelines
“In the light of the foregoing, Cross River North All Progressive Congress (APC) is constrained and indeed, insists that the governorship of Cross River State remains in the Northern Senatorial District of the State” the communique stated.