All is not well with the Cross River State chapter of the APC, where some gubernatorial aspirants have shown signs that they are not comfortable with the plot to undermine their right to contest for the party’s ticket at the primary election.
Two of the aspirants from the central senatorial district-Senator John Owan Enoh and Chief Chris Agara have already made their ill-feelings known to the party.
While Owan Enoh’s campaign organisation issued a public statement on Wednesday, reminding the party that he was not comfortable with the idea of buying only one form for whoever will emerge the consensus candidate, Agara has written to the party, saying the party could not barb him in his absence.
In a letter by Agara’s campaign director general, Richard Ogbeche, the aspirant gave the indication that he was ready to procure his own form and participate in the primary election, regardless of the consensus plot.
The letter to the party chairman said in part: “We wish to encourage the party to take only the decisions that will help in providing a level playing ground for all aspirants to the office of Governor in order to avoid unnecessary disputation as a result of the conduct of its affairs and the Primaries elections at this critical time.
“The party should be cognisant of the fact that whereas the party and its organs have the legitimate responsibility to conduct the Primaries of the Governorship race without let or hindrance, the participants also reserve the right to protect themselves and their rights within the ambit of the law.
“We urge the Party to take serious notice of the fact that our Principal, (Agara) could not be present at the aspirants’ Meeting of April 26th instance as a result of logistics challenges and was not allowed to be represented.
“Having not been at that meeting and having been denied representation, Agara could not be bound by any decision or agreements thereof and will not subject himself to same.
“We urge the leaders of our great party to strive always to conduct the affairs of the Party with the most excellent intentions to ensure just and fair processes that would allow the legitimate emergence of a capable, popular and responsible Candidate for our dear Party even as we prepare to face up to the expected bullish challenge of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
“While we remain loyal to and respectful of all legitimate authorities appertaining to the forthcoming exercise, we are also fully prepared to protect ourselves against any decisions or acts that may appear calculated to subvert the rules of the contest in favour of one or the other candidate.”