APC Op­poses Ayade’s Plan to Im­pose Care­taker

THISDAY - - NEWSXTRA - Bassey Inyang in Cal­abar

The All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) yes­ter­day said it would de­ploy ev­ery le­gal means at its dis­posal to stop the Cross River State gover­nor, Pro­fes­sor Ben Ayade, from im­pos­ing care­taker com­mit­tees on the eigh­teen Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Ar­eas (LGAs) in the state.

Presently, the coun­cils are run by heads of ad­min­is­tra­tion of lo­cal gov­ern­ment ar­eas.

About a year ago, the plans to con­duct lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions by the Cross River State In­de­pen­dent Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (CROSIEC), were put on hold up with­out any of­fi­cial ex­pla­na­tion.

The APC in the state raised the alarm at the week­end, al­leg­ing that Ayade was plan­ning to set up care­taker com­mit­tees for the coun­cils with the in­tent of us­ing them to rig the 2019 gen­eral elec­tions in the state.

Ad­dress­ing jour­nal­ists in Cal­abar, the state chair­man of the APC, Dr. Mathew Achigbe said that they would re­sist any at­tempt by the Ayade-led Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) gov­ern­ment in the state.

“We will re­sist it be­cause it is un­con­sti­tu­tional. Elec­tions should be con­ducted. APC had since been pre­pared for lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions in the state, but the Ayande gov­ern­ment has kept frus­trat­ing the elec­tions and now thinks it can hur­riedly do the un­con­sti­tu­tional by ap­point­ing per­sons they think they could use to in­flu­ence the 2019 elec­tions in their favour across the lo­cal gov­ern­ment ar­eas. We will re­sist such un­con­sti­tu­tion­al­ity.

“We frown at the in­ten­tion, whether real or oth­er­wise, of the state gov­ern­ment to set up care­taker com­mit­tees for lo­cal gov­ern­ment coun­cils. We ob­ject to that at­tempt. In fact, we will re­act by all means at our own dis­posal to make sure that we trun­cate that evil machi­na­tion.

“This time is com­pletly not aus­pi­cious. If they wanted smooth ad­min­is­tra­tion of Cross River State, it would have been at other time than now.

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