Mixed Reactions As APC Stakeholders Shun Owan Enoh’s Declaration Ceremony
Cross River Daily reports mixed reactions from Cross Riverians as the perceived leading governorship aspirant, John Owan Enoh formally declares his interest in the absence of major stakeholders of his party, the All Progressive Congress, APC.
Stakeholders visibly absent at Owan Enoh’s event were, all members of the State Executive Committee of the party including the State Chairman, Mathew Achigbe; Secretary, Bishop Ebong as well as the Leader of the Party in the state, Chief Clement Ebri.
Also, Senator Victor Ndoma Egba; Zonal Vice Chairman South South, Ntufam Hilliard Eta; Chief Paul Adah, and others missed the event.
Although the party EXCO members have refused to attend to questions on the issue, however, some other party faithfuls bared their minds.
“I never received any text or call by any of our party chiefs intimating me or inviting me to the event. That was why I did not show up,” Ibor Ibiang.
“Sometimes, you don’t just stand up from your house to attend functions of that magnitude. There must be proper arrangements. When I heard that he (Owan) wants to declare his ambition, I called the State Chairman of the party to find out if there is any arrangement for us to attend. But he said no… that, when there is provision for the party to be at the venue, he will notify us. And up until the end of the event, we were not notified,” John Ochang.
“You see, politics is not just about your money and connections. As a good politician, you have to learn to sometimes consult your conscience. To speak the truth, this is not time for somebody from Central to be governor of Cross River State. I am from the South but would willingly support anybody from the North. But, in the event the ticket does not go to the North, then it has to come to the South. Anybody in Central who has ambition of becoming the governor should exercise patience. To me, Owan is just being too desperate. I think that is the reason the party refused to grace his function,” Bassey Ekpo.
“I am still surprised that Owan Enoh is still agitating. People say he is too on ground. But I am sure the signs are clear. He is the least the party is considering. I heard that he is the one the National want and I just laughed. APC is not PDP where whatever Abuja says stands. Here in the state, we will decide who hands our ticket. Aside the issue of zoning, there are other conditions in the party that are not on Owan Enoh’s favour but people don’t know. He should go back to the Senate and wait for his time,” Ogar Thomas.
However, some stout supporters of Owan told Cross River Daily that with-or-without “the so called stakeholders”, they will be beside Owan till the end, even as others emphasized that APC is about the entire members not a selected few under the guise of “stakeholders”.