State Congress: PDP risks collapse in C’River, warns Hon. Jarigbe


As the battle for the soul of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) rages in Cross River State, a member representing Ogoja/Yala Federal Constituency, Hon. Jarigbe Agom Jarigbe has warned that the party risks collapse if the delegates list is distorted.

Hon. Jarigbe made his feelings known in Calabar following a one-week postponement of the State congresses of the party, a development which has thrown up a couple of factions spearheaded by power brokers in the party.

The battle for the party has led to an alleged plan by the party leadership to harmonise the delegates list of the party in order to accommodate the interests of some power brokers but this has not gone down well with a number of party faithful in the state.

Deploring the planned harmonisation exercise, Hon. Jarigbe said it was not justiciable, noting that the plan would attract legal consequences which might ultimately undermine the party.

“That will lead to a total collapse of the party in Cross River State, I say that on good authority, I say without any equivocation that if the list of the ward and chapter excos is distorted,” he said.

“First of all, there will be legal issues. That course of action has already been completed and dealt with and ratified, and the tenure of the ward and chapter exco member has already started and running so you will have to follow a legal process if that is justiciable to think about.

“I strongly feel that the national legal adviser of the party is totally compromised and he is advising the national working committee of the party wrongly.

“The national working committee of the party ratified the list of the panel that was sent to conduct the ward and chapter exco congresses and the turn of events when the Governor went to them and complained that he was not comfortable again with the list, saying “a few of them” want to distort the list and they are trying to arm-twist us to talk about harmonization  in a process that has already been completed.”

“And you saw the complication when it came to Cross River; they said ward congresses, completed, chapter congresses – completed, that was what was reported and that received the endorsement of the national working committee”, he added, attributing the crisis plaguing the Cross-River State Chapter of the party to highhandedness by the leadership of the party in the state, stressing that if this is not cured, the party would not be the samec again.

“There was a series of events which culminated in the postponement of the congress in the State. To tell you the truth, the party is factionalized in Cross River State and it is not unconnected with the high handedness of the leadership of the party in the state and I will say that if the situation is not curbed, PDP will not be the same in Cross River State”, he said.

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