Bassey Inyang in Calabar
The Cross River State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Saturday elected Mr. Etim John as its new chairman. John polled 56 votes to beat his only opponent, Dr. Mathew Achigbe, who polled 36 votes.
The state congress held at the state party secretariat was conducted by a five-man screening/election committee led by Mohammed Indabawa.
The result announced by a member of the committee indicated that out of the 94 accredited voters, 93 voted were recorded, while one vote was voided.
The congress held despite a suit filed by one King Edom Vincent Odey with suit number FHC/ABJ/C5/193/2018 against the APC, and the Independent National Electoral Commission, with a view to stopping the election.
The plaintiff, in the suit, sought an order setting aside the directive of the national secretariat of the APC, which ordered the staging of a special state congress on Saturday, 24th day of February, 2018 for the purpose of electing the Cross River State Chapter Chairman of the party.
The representative of the Central Senatorial District of the state, John Owan-Enoh, who was a delegate at the congress, said the exercise was ordered by the national secretariat, and was a necessary step that had to be taken to reposition the party and its activities in the state.
The senator said he was not aware of any court injunction against the conduct of the congress.
The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs Pastor Usani Usani, who was an observer at the congress, said he was not aware of any court injunction. Usani said the essence of the exercise was to revive the party to deliver.
After his declaration as the new Chairman of the APC in the state, John said his priority would be to build a united and formidable party that would work assiduously towards securing victory in the 2019 general elections.