Akpan Etukudo Asare
Following fracas and counter claims by assorted factions in the Cross River APC in the aftermath of the ward congress last weekend, the police commissioner in the state, Mr Hafiz Inuwa Mohammed has said they were still in custody of the various electoral materials.
There have been allegations that results of the congress had been arranged by a faction of the party ahead of the congress, leading to disaffection as well as expression of lack of confidence in the national team from Abuja that came to conduct the congress by another faction.
But in a press meeting a factional chairman, Mr Etim John held on Sunday, he told journalists that the congress was very peaceful and well conducted.John said the congresses took place after efforts by some leaders of the party to scuttle the exercise failed and that party members and executives from across the 196 wards of the state went ahead and voted on Sunday. He sais only the National Working Committee of our party or the National Executive Committee can suspend the results
But many stakeholders including, former Governor Clement Ebri, Senator Owan Enoh, Senator Florence Ita-Giwa, Prof. Eyo Etim Nyong and national vice chairman, Hilliard Eta denied that there was any congress in the state, accusing some national officials of scuttling it.
Inuwa said, his Command has not released any
material to any APC members for the conduct of the primaries in the state due to the crises, fighting and division that plagued the party.
Here the CP “The stake holders agreed amongst themselves after their disagreement on Saturday that they will not entrust the congress materials to any of them and brought them to the Police. They handed over the materials to the area commander in his office.
“up till now that I am talking to you, the area commander has not told me that he has released the materials to anybody. He cannot release the materials without my instruction” he emphasized.
“We had to custody the materials to prevent blood bath on Saturday and if not for the quick intervention of the Police, what we would have heard today would have been devastating”, the police commissioner said.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner of INEC in the State, Dr. Frankland Briyai said, ” I am waiting for the reports from Electoral Officers from thr 18 LGAs before I can comment”.