By Nsa Gill, Calabar
Safety forces, led by the Police, had been seen yesterday morning guarding the erstwhile PDP Secretariat in Cross River State at 42 Murtala Mohamed Freeway, as some males started the portray and cresting of the constructing with APC colors, brand and flags.
The Peoples Democratic Get together (PDP) in its response yesterday stated the get together “vehemently protests this primitive invasion of the PDP secretariat by the APC on the directions of Governor Ben Ayade.”
The get together added: “This invasion quantities to legal trespass, malicious harm to property, and constitutes conduct more likely to result in a breach of the general public peace. We’re shocked that it’s Governor Ayade, who has the constitutional accountability, as Chief Safety Officer of the state, for sustaining regulation and order that’s selling this kind of doubtful and harsh conduct.”
An announcement signed by Mr. Effiok Cobham, the Chairman, PDP Caretaker Committee in Cross River State and made out there to The Nation additionally stated “PDP has a subsisting tenancy over the property. We have now the tenancy agreements and receipts evidencing cost of the hire for the present tenure in respect of the property. The lessor of the property has clarified that the tenancy of the PDP in respect of 42A Murtala Mohamed Freeway remains to be subsisting. Protesting the primitive motion of the APC, the Lessor lamented: “I perceive that the property is correct now being painted with APC colors and I’m calling to say that I’ve no settlement in any way with APC. I hereby state that PDP’S tenancy remains to be subsisting and so they stay my authorized and recognised tenant.”
This face-off is whilst native authorities council chairmen, a Nationwide Meeting member and plenty of political appointees in authorities have begun registration as APC members in Cross River State.
For instance, one of many two members of the Nationwide Meeting which have determined to observe Ayade, Hon. Mike Etaba, representing Obubra/Etung Federal Constituency, spoke after his registration as an APC member in his native ward.
He stated, “I’m an Ayade foot soldier for all seasons and I’ll proceed to face with Governor Ben Ayade past 2023.
We should proceed to play politics with ethics, devoid of violence. The choice by Governor Ben Ayade to affiliate with the centre is a great selection and we are going to proceed to observe who ‘know highway’ for the generality of all Cross Riverians.”
On the problem of the brand new secretariat for the APC, the native authorities council chairman of Calabar Municipality, Elder Effefiong Nta Eke, famous that the state governor, who was the chief of the PDP, determined to defect to the ruling APC for the good thing about the state.
“So, the state of affairs you’re seeing right here is that the chief has moved to a brand new get together; so each element, together with the secretariat of the previous, should observe the chief to the brand new.”
Requested if the choice to make use of the previous PDP secretariat for the APC is not going to breed battle or violent reactions, he stated no. In keeping with him, it was the governor that was paying the hire and when it expired a while in the past, those that declare to be founding members of PDP didn’t contribute a dime till Ayade got here and renewed the hire.
Ayade, he stated, will not be taking something belonging to anyone. He takes what belongs to him. He paid the hire, so the hire follows him to the APC.”
The police, in a press release signed by DSP Irene Ugbo, the Police Public Relations Officer, Cross River State Police Command, for the Commissioner of Police, warned towards any try to disrupt the renovation “work happening at a constructing on No: 142 (a) alongside the Murtala Mohammed Freeway Calabar.”