Rather than sup­port Pres­i­dent (Muham­madu) Buhari to do more, we are adding to the de­struc­tion of the en­vi­ron­ment, our ecosys­tem, fresh water and aquatic lives

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As chair­man of Cross River State APC, it is al­leged that you blocked many from be­com­ing mem­bers of the party.

I was not the chair­man of the APC when the mem­ber­ship reg­is­tra­tion took place. I only be­came chair­man dur­ing the re­vised congress and have since then fol­lowed the party guide­lines to ad­mit mem­bers into the party. Be­fore the elections, I made de­lib­er­ate and con­scious ef­forts to woo some per­sons whom I knew we could to­gether mid­wife vic­tory for the APC. But, such per­sons, ap­par­ently feel­ing that they will be au­to­matic win­ners if they got PDP tick­ets, re­buffed my over­tures and went to wres­tle it in PDP. Now, tell me, are you talk­ing about those who used all their might against the APC? I had, at no point, re­fused any­body mem­ber­ship of APC. When a man comes be­cause he lost elec­tion in PDP or any other party, and be­gins to insin­u­ate that there were no per­sons in APC, this is not fair to the foun­da­tion mem­bers of APC.

There is a spec­u­la­tion that you are only root­ing for ap­point­ment for your favourites in the Niger Delta re­gion in­stead of reach­ing out to oth­ers…

I owe my party men a duty to pro­tect them and fight for their ben­e­fits. How does it feel for a man who ate and broke the pot to im­me­di­ately go to an­other man’s cook­ing and want to even be dished food ahead of those who have been pa­tiently wait­ing and persevering star­va­tion when the food was be­ing pre­pared? I still main­tain my stance, which is that ben­e­fits should be served first to those APC mem­bers who suf­fered and worked be­cause, any­thing short of that will be a be­trayal of the re­silience and hard work of those who hoped when oth­ers scorned and some de­spised.

What is your ad­vice for APC mem­bers in Cross River State?

Let them unite and call any leader to ac­count­abil­ity. They should be able to speak out through all known civil me­dia. They should be able to take col­lec­tive po­si­tions and speak with­out in­tim­i­da­tion by any leader, with­out fear or favour. They should also re­solve to, in­di­vid­u­ally and col­lec­tively, live the ide­ol­ogy of APC. They should win all elections even as they com­plain daily about the PDP gov­ern­ment in Cross River State.

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