PDP, CROSIEC insist on Cross River council polls
• Community removes traditional injunction on potable water distribution
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the Cross River State Independent Electoral Commission (CROSIEC) have said that the local council polls scheduled for this weekend in the state would hold despite protest and confusion in the All Progressives Congress (APC).
A faction of the APC, led by Sir John Ochala, drawing its strength from an Abuja Appeal Court ruling as the legitimate executive in the state, has called on all its members to boycott the council polls as announced by CROSIEC.
Ochala said: “The APC, Cross River State, will not be part of the charade on Saturday’s election as processes leading to the conduct of this election have been froth with gross irregularities and deliberate subversion of basic constitutional requirements guiding conduct of the election.”
But a faction, led by Mr. Godwin Etim John, has fielded candidates for the election and accused the Ochala faction of being impostors, saying: “We wish to clarify that APC has not decided to boycott the weekend local council elections. We have our candidates ready.”
The senator representing the Southern Senatorial District of the state, Gershom Bassey, has, however, maintained that the PDP would partake in the election.
CROSIEC, on its part, said it was ready for the polls as plans are on top gear to deploy 8,000 ad-hoc members of staff for the election.
In another development, a seven-year-old traditional injunction that restrained Cross River State Water Board Limited from distributing water to communities in Ogoja and some parts of the northern senatorial district of the state has been removed.
The injunction, which was placed on Water Board Blaster facility at Ndok junction in Ogoja Local Council, was neutralised on May 27, 2020 by elders of the community following a peace meeting between the management of the water board led by its Managing Director, Chief Victor Effiom Ekpo and Ndok community leaders.
Ekpo, who spoke during a courtesy visit to the Ndok leaders for peace and reconciliation, thanked them for removing the injunction and called for partnership and collaboration between them and the board to ensure the provision of potable water in the area.
Also, the Clan Head of Ndok, Ntol Clement Ashaba Ijanga, commended the management team of the board for the gesture and pledged the unalloyed support of the community to ensure that the work of the board is uninterrupted.