Sunday, 9 September 2018

Automatic tickets for national assembly members elicit jubilation in C’ River

By Emma Una

CALABAR- THERE was celebration in Cross River at the weekend by supporters of governor Ben Ayade and members of the National Assembly when news of automatic tickets for incumbents by the National Working Committee, NWC,  of the People's Democratic Party, PDP announced by national Chairman of the party. Prince Uche Secondus broke in the state .

Large crowds gathered
simultaneously at the campaign offices of the various national assembly members across the state  and the governor's support groups to celebrate what they  termed 'victory'  for their principals.

"This is the winning team that would give PDP complete victory in state, national assembly, gubernatorial and presidential  elections in Cross River". Chief Thomas Oku, one of the jubilant supporters told Vanguard.

Another supporter, Evelyn Emmanuel, a lawyer  said the automatic tickets would reduce  intra party squabbling among party members and unite them to face the opposition in 2019.

"The money and efforts that would have been invested in running primary elections can  now be used to prosecute the real election and you can say the benefits from that are enormous"

They said the combination of Governor Ben Ayade, Senator Gershom Bassey, Senator Rose Oko and other national assembly members are a guarantee of  victory for the party in the state.

There was traffic lock down in places like Marian and Watt markets where traders locked their shops to join in the celebration and chanting  of "Dem neva chii chomtin", the popular campaign song of Senator Gershom Bassey who represents the central senatorial district.

However, as some party faithful and supporters are jubilating, some are still kicking against the decision especially supporters of the first-time aspirants who recently picked forms to contest against the incumbents.
Many have said such decision is tantamount to imposition of candidate which led to the party's failure in 2015.