Care­tak­ers can’t lead C/River coun­cils any­more — APC

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - From Eyo Charles, Cal­abar

The Na­tional Vice Chair­man of the All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC), South­south Zone, Nt­u­fam Hilliard Eta, and John Ochala, the act­ing chair­man of the party in Cross River State, have cau­tioned the state gov­ern­ment against set­ting up care­taker com­mit­tees in the 18 lo­cal gov­ern­ment ar­eas of the state.

They said that they would accept noth­ing short of con­duct­ing elec­tions into the coun­cils lead­er­ship po­si­tion.

The two party chief­tains made their view known dur­ing a meet­ing at the APC sec­re­tar­iat in Cal­abar.

They said that if elec­tions were to held, the APC would de­feat the rul­ing Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) in the state.

“We in­sist on the con­duct of the lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions which is due later this year in the state,” Ita said.

“We have feel­ers that the state gover­nor, Sen­a­tor Ben Ayade, is on the verge of set­ting up care­taker com­mit­tees to run the coun­cils, in­stead of con­duct­ing elec­tions.”

On his part, Ochala said: “Our in­tel­li­gence re­ports have it that the state gover­nor does not want to con­duct lo­cal gov­ern­ment polls as at when due and, off course, we have put into mo­tion, some strate­gies within the am­bit of the law to check mate such moves.”

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