The Cross River state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), yesterday announced the resolution of its long standing crisis that rocked it before the 2019 elections
Speaking to journalists after a long hour meeting that involved the rival factions in Abuja, Secretary of the APC National Caretaker Committee, John Akpan Udeudeghe, expressed the party’s satisfaction with the agreement and truce reached by the warring factions.
The meeting was attended by several stakeholders of the party in the state, including former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Usani Uguru Usani, Minister of state for Power, Goddy Jedi Agba, former National Vice Chairman, South South, Hillard Eta, former Managing Director of Niger Delta Development Commission, Senator Ndoma Egba, APC governoship candidate during the 2019 elections, Senator John Owan Enoh, as well as the two factional Chairmen, John Ochala and Etim John
The group at the end of their meeting announced the agreement that the two factional chairmen should step aside, while Senator Matthew Mbu Jnr. was announced as the new chairman of the party in the state.
“I was given a mandate by the Chairman of the Caretaker/Extraordinary National Convention Planning Committee, Gov. Mai Mala Buni to resolve the lingering crisis in Cross River State. I am happy to announce to all of us that we have reached a consensus and we have finally achieved the peace in Cross River State.
May I use this opportunity to thank Me President and the NEC for giving us the opportunity to bring peace to the party. ” Udeudeghe said
Also in his remarks, Minister of State, Power, Goddy Jeddy Agba stated “I am glad to announce that today we have come to an end to the crisis in Cross River.
“We have sat down and we have agreed and come to a unanimous conclusion that we have a new party chairman in the person of Senator Matthew Mbu (Jr) to henceforth lead us in Cross River APC.
Mbu in his acceptance speech pledged to reunite all the factions and bring in a new APC in the state
“This has come from God. We are a family and we will surely move and work as one. Families do have disagreements. Families sometimes quarrel but families also reconcile and when they reconcile and walk as one, nothing can stop them.
“We are going to go back to Cross River State and work together. We all need each other and we will truly work together as a family and come all future elections, APC will win in Cross River State.”
Also the former rival Chairmen, Ntufam John Elim and John Ochala, who expressed their joy at the final resolution of the crisis, pledged to abide by the agreement and work towards achieving victory for the party at the upcoming Cross River North Senatorial bye – election