Seventy APC aspirants jostle for 25 seats in Cross-River

Eme Offiong, Calabar

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About seventy aspirants have picked forms to contest for the twenty-five seats in the Cross River State House of Assembly on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC for the 2019 elections.

The Chairman of the State chapter of APC, Dr. Mathew Achigbe told to newsmen in Calabar capital city that the party was satisfied with the turnout of aspirants for every elective positions.

According to Achigbe, the sale of forms was open to interested persons from across the State contrary to speculations that only a selected few were given access.

He stated: “at the State House of Assembly level, we have 70 aspirants, who despite the cost of the forms have indicated interest to contest for 25 seats. This goes to show the acceptability of APC in Cross River State.”

“For other positions, we have the same thing. It is only in APC, the biggest party in Africa, that you find about six gubernatorial aspirants, and more. So, you see the excitement is there. There are people, who wanted us to extend the deadline for sale and submission of nomination forms,” Achigbe said.

Dr. Achigbe also disclosed that a reconciliation committee has been set up to bring all affected and aggrieved persons back to the fold.

He noted “all those who are still standing on the fence, we want to bring them back because we are facing critical elections both at the national and State. Here in Cross River State, we will be a big disappointment to the people if we cannot put ourselves together and take over power from PDP.

“People are not feeling the government of the day; they are rather suffering and so if there is an alternative that APC should offer, we should not joke with it. We do not want any internal distraction and that is why I am leaving no stone unturned by setting up a reconciliation committee,” stated Achigbe.