Tension is mounting in Cross River State All Progressives Congress (APC) over the party’s inability to choose aspirants for the 2023 governorship race.
Also, its final caucus meeting scheduled for yesterday was cancelled.
Already, the Victor Ndoma-Egba (SAN)-led seven-man committee assigned to prune the large number of aspirants to four, from the two senatorial zones that entered the race on Friday night, has submitted its report to the State Chairman, Alphonsus Eba for onward transmission to Governor Ben Ayade.
A statement, yesterday, by the state APC Publicity Secretary, Erasmus Ekpang said: “The ruling APC, Cross River State Chapter, regrets to announce that the proposed state caucus meeting scheduled for today (yesterday) has been cancelled. A new date for the meeting will be communicated soon”.
He, however, apologised for inconveniences the cancellation might have caused but said: “the local council caucus can be rescheduled for tomorrow (today), or as it is agreed with various chapter chairmen”.
No reason was given for the cancellation but it was gathered that the party needed time to put its house together, given the fact that some aspirants including Senator John Owan-Enoh, rejected the party’s consensus plans.
Meanwhile, some party stalwarts who are not happy with the consensus arrangement said: “A workman is worthy of his wages, why do we love consensus so much? Allow people to test their popularity in the field”.
“I hope we are aware that it is going to be one man one vote in 2023. Allow people to go to the field. Let the people choose their candidates so we can win the general elections.”
Meanwhile, music executive, Ubi Ekapong Ofem, popularly known as Ubi Franklin has declared that he is vying for a political post in Cross River State.
The controversial businessman is interested in contesting for Cross River State House of Assembly, Yakurr Constituency election under the platform of All Progressive Congress, APC.
Since he unveiled his political poster, it has continued to generate mixed reaction from his fans.
In one of his posts during his declaration on Instagram, he said, “Nigeria must and will be great again. With your support and prayers, we will change this country for good.
“We will create a country that will truly be the pride of the African race. We will create a new Nigeria for all Nigerians. If you know anyone from Yakurr Constituency, Ugeb, Ekori, Idomi, if you know anyone in doubt, share this post with them.”