The National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has constituted a 22-man campaign council and election management team for the February 26, 2022 legislative by-election in Cross River State.
Two seats – the Ogoja/Yala federal constituency and the Akpabuyo State constituency positions are up for grabs.
A statement issued on Tuesday by the National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba named the Rivers and Akwa Ibom states governors, Nyesom Wike and Udom Emmanuel as chairman and co chairman respectively.
Governor Wike’s inclusion will strike a nerve with the Ben Ayade’s administration and the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Cross River State.
The parties have been at loggerhead for nearly two years. Aides of Mr. Ayade allege that Mr. Wike funded the crisis that led to the departure of the governor from the PDP.
The tension rose on Saturday after security operatives tried unsuccessfully to prevent the PDP from holding its centralised rally to kick of it’s campaigns last week Saturday.
Earlier on Tuesday, the APC Chairman in Cross River, Barr. Alphonsus Eba declared Mr. Wike a security threat to the peace of the state.
Meanwhile, the National Vice Chairman, South-South, Chief Dan Orbih is to serve as Secretary of the council which also has two former governors of Cross River State, Donald Duke and Liyel Imoke as members.
Others include the minority leader of the ninth House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Ndudi Elumelu, the Chairman of the party in Cross River, Venatius Ikem and several Senators, House of Representatives members, state lawmakers and top members of the party from the south-south region.