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Confusion In Cross River PPA Over Alleged Dissolution Of Exco

Posted: Nov 30, 2015 at 1:54 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Nsa Gill, Calabar

Controversy is brewing within the ranks of Cross Rivers State Chapter of the Progressive People Alliance (PPA) over an apparent attempt to remove the state’s party chairman, Mr. Goddie Akpama.

This was heightened after a controversial radio and television announcement in the Cross River State Broadcasting Corporation to the effect that the PPA executive council had been dissolved.

The controversial statement which was also made available to newsmen through one of the political aides to the Cross River State Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade, claims that the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party announced the dissolution of the exco, led by Akpama, who doubles as the chairman of the Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC).

According to the statement, the decision of the NWC was made known through a letter by its National Chairman to the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

It read, “The party which hinged it’s decision on the urgent need to reposition the party in the state, said it’s action was guided by Article 10 (D) (iii) of the constitution of the party.

“In the letter dated 23rd November, 2015, the party also announced the constitution of a caretaker committee to pilot the affairs of the party in the state pending the conduct of fresh congress.

“The committee has Patrick Ali as its chairman with Tony Kedang as Secretary. Other members are: Uduak Nseabasi, Treasurer, Abang Mgbe, Publicity Secretary and Ubim Julius, Financial Secretary.”

Reacting to the development, the PPA chairman said, “It is laughable. The PPA constitution is clear. The exco of the Cross River State chapter of PPA did not emerge by appointment but through an election. I am the State Chairman of PPA and State Chairman of IPAC.

“We emerged through a constitutionally recognised process. We were not appointed. Let due process be encouraged. I will respond accordingly when am put on notice.

“This kangaroo dissolution is coming as a surprise to me, hearing of a dissolution of an elected State exco only on the state broadcasting corporation is laughable. For me it’s a huge joke as no communique has been forwarded to me on this development neither have I been invited by my party for any issue concerning my State or the party. We don’t have issues in the State. I am surprise at the broadcast. This is the handiwork of the mischief-makers.”

It will be recall that Mr. Akpama who doubles as the state chairman of IPAC and that of PPA recently had a faceoff with Ayade over his approach to governance which led to reported exchange of abusive SMS messages that were made public in media reports.