Respite is not yet in sight for the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Cross River State, Ntufam John Okon, over his declaration that a governorship aspirant in the state, Mr. Godwin Jedy Agba, was not a registered member of the party
As stalwarts of the party continued to fault him, the latest of such corrections has come from a chieftain of the party, Chief Jeremiah Nsed Ebang, who faulted Okon's claim that Agba was not a registered member of the PDP and therefore not qualified to contest the governorship primary election of the party.
Ebang in a statement issued in Calabar and made available to THISDAY yesterday said ordinarily he would not have reacted, except that the public was gullible, stressing that "If nobody says anything, it will be accepted as the gospel truth and the people will remain deceived."
"The thing is that in the state, misfits are often allowed to hold sway, that is why the current PDP chairman who has not as much as contested a councilorship election, an opportunist who shouldered his way up in the state civil service and had the party chairmanship awarded to him on retirement can make statements he cannot defend.
"Now it is clear that the state PDP is acting the script of its overlord and can afford to disown Agba when it is convenient. When the party needed his support at other times, he was celebrated. And because some people are afraid of his towering national influence, they have become uncomfortable over his ambition.
"Recall that during the build up to the local government elections in September 2013, Agba generously donated to the basket that was used to build the big war chest that gave the party all the council seats. Further down the line, Agba contributed hugely to the second term victory of Governor Liyel Imoke. All those while, he was not a party member?"
"Now it is becoming clearer, men like Goddy Jedy Agba, self-motivated, educated, cultured and a high flyer will not be allowed to fairly compete because the powers that be will prefer a mediocre who will grope in the strange tunnel of power. They will prefer a man who is not his own man but will continue to be an appendage of the old order,’’ the statement said.
The statement said the people of Cross River State were poised to effect change, a change that will see them choosing who should lead them post 2015 adding that ‘’PDP has a choice to move with the new order or sink in its self delusion’’.
"Goddy Jedy Agba should be allowed to test his popularity at the party primary election or else the youth of Cross River with the support of women and right thinking elders will run out the band of oligarchs who are bent on bringing Cross River to its knees,’’ Ebang said.