Akpan Etukudoh Asare
The first national publicity secretary of PDP and governorship aspirant for next year’s election, Mr Emmanuel Ibeshi has decided to proceed to the court to seek redress over his surprise disqualification to contest the governorship primaries.
He was one of the several aspirants to other elective offices in the state who were similarly disqualified by the South-South zonal screening committee.
Ibeshi has described his disqualification as an act of injustice, insisting that he was never given any reason as grounds for his disqualification, even though he had been screened and duly issued a certificate of clearance by the committee.
‘I am qualified to contest for the office of governor of Cross River State by the criteria contained in the Constitution of Nigeria, by the stipulations of the Electoral Act as amended and by the Constitution and guidelines of the PDP
“There is no valid ground for my disqualification and I have been provided no such ground, indeed there has been no attempt by the party to justify or even explain its action in cancelling the clearance certificate earlier issued to me to contest the election”
Ibeshi said the committee was only carrying out a devious agenda by disqualifying all other governorship aspirants in order to clear the coast for Senator Ben Ayade, the incumbent to get the party’s ticket unopposed.
“We understand that governor Ben Ayade is particularly irked that he is the only governor in the South south zone facing opposition in the primaries for the party’s ticket”
Ibshi said he is shocked by the decision of the party and therefore ready to contest his disqualification and seek remedies from the party.
‘The party collected huge sums of money from me, induced me to spend money on campaigns, and at the eleventh hour turned round and without any reason to withdraw the clearance certificate earlier issued to me”
He said what the party has done is breach of his fundamental l human rights without any fair hearing‘ the main reason behind this is Governor Ben Ayade having run an extremely incompetent government is afraid of being defeated if the people are given an opportunity to decide freely between me and him”,