BY NSAN NDOMA-NEJI, CALABAR
A group of political stalwarts operating in Cross River State under the aegis of Daniel Asuquo Campaign Organisation has disassociated itself from the purported claim in the media by the former Cross River State governor Mr. Donald Duke that the PDP has already picked its flag bearer through consensus arrangement to fly the party’s flag in the forthcoming 2023 Governorship election.
In a media briefing with journalists in Calabar yesterday, director general of the Organisation Mr. Yibala Inyang stated that the organization has never participated in any process nor exercise where it took part in a consensus arrangement to adopt any one as PDP consensus candidate
The organization averred that it was not part of any process nor exercise where a former state governor is alledged to have picked a consensus candidate who will fly the PDP flag in the forthcoming 2023 governorship election.
Daniel Asuquo’s Campaign Organisation’s reaction followed news making the rounds in Cross River State that a former state governor and several other party stakeholders including some top members of the traditional rulers Council had picked a particular aspirant among those jostling for the PDP governorship ticket in the south as it’s consensus candidate.
“While we remain patriotic community members and resolute in brazing the trail to deliver on people oriented policies and programmes.
“We dissociate ourselves from this fragrant incursion into our party’s transparent democratic processes.
“We are not part of any botch concensus.”The DG queried.
The Organization’s DG maintained that even though it is allowed in African setting for people to bond and unit with one another when it has to do with community development, something the consent of a people or organization is particularly when it has to do with taking decisions that bothers on public Interest.
The DG stated that the consent of the Daniel Asuquo’s Campaign Organisation ought to have been seek, before jumping to conclusions that the organization is part of the consensus deal in favour of a particular aspirant by Duke and his group.
“One would have expected that a meeting of a socio-cultural group under the aegis of Cross River Southern Community Elders’ Forum would have restricted it’s scope of operation to specifics rather than stray into contentious areas which does not fall under their priorities.” The DG maintained.
While boosting about the popularity of thier principal Daniel Asuquo ( a ranking reps member representing Biase/Akamkpa federal constituency at the national assembly) who is also in the Cross River 2023 Guber race the organization stated that it will not fold it’s arms to see a particular individual go against the 2022 electoral guidelines.
Warning to resist imposition of any form until the right thing is done and accused the socio Political organization led by former Cross River State governor of trying to impose a candidate on the PDP stressing that the scheme would not work .
The organization urged those trying to impose candidates on the PDP to first of all read the party primary guidelines for electing candidates and the 2022 electoral act as amended and other extant laws stressing that the guidelines frowns against imposition through any guise.
“The governorship aspiration of our principal, Rt. Hon. Daniel Asuquo is not limited to the Southern Senatorial District of Cross River State.
“His political influence cuts across the state with verifiable legacies, with mass appeal even in the market square, on the streets and to the hinterland who are yearning for the manifestations of his well laid campaign promises” The organization added.