A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Cross River state, Barr Utum Eteng, has said that in saner climes, a vote of no confidence should have been passed on the vice chairman of the party for the South south zone, Ntufam Hilliard Eta, for inability to amicably resolve lingering crisis bedeviling the party in the state.
In a social media post with the theme “Crisis in APC, No Solution and Shame of a People’, Eteng alleged that “greed and poor leadership acumen” was responsible for incessant internal wrangling which he said was again threatening the fortunes of the party in Cross River, few weeks to the local government elections in the state.
He said that lack of foresight and inability of party leaders in the State to learn anything from last year’s upheavals which cost their defeat in the general elections, were gradually killing the party.
“We learnt nothing and would never learn. There are, as at today, two sets of local government chairmanship and councilorship APC candidates lists submitted to the State Electoral body from the two factions of the party for the March 28, 2020 local government elections. What that means in law is that there are no valid APC candidates for the elections.
“One is therefore forced to ask the APC National Vice Chairman, Ntufam Hilliard Eta, whether what is happening in his home State, where the State APC, up till date, has no defined direction, is not a heavy indictment on his leadership role?
“How does Ntufam Eta feel that in his exalted capacity as Zonal Chairman, he could be accused of failure to show leadership since 2015 till date? In civilised climes and well ordered democracies, Ntufam Eta would’ve been overdue for a vote of no confidence to be passed on him.
“The leader of the party, if any, appears helpless or has gotten to the end of his wits. Oh heavens! Why is this happening in a party in which a Cross Riverian is a member of the NWC? Edo, Rivers, Bayelsa and Cross River States are all enmeshed in crisis, yet we claim we have zonal Exco with a leadership.
“When one cries out, one is accused of using the social media to express his opinion on party sentiments when in their privileged positions ordinary mortals like us can never be allowed to reach them. The so-called APC elder have become shy, the stakeholders have become afraid to speak out because they may be denied peanuts, if any.
“Sir John Ochalla and Hon Etim John are the two state Chairmen each holding onto his on cell whilst the people are helpless,” he stated.
Recall that the two factions slugging it out for the soul of the party in Cross River had submitted their respective lists of candidates to Cross River State Independent Electoral Commission, CROSIEC, for the March 2020 local government polls, a situation many believed could work against the fortunes of the party.
While Sir John Ochala leads the faction that has its State headquarters at the Barracks Road, the other faction, led Hon Etim John, has its State headquarters at the Marian Road.