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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.