Tuesday, 18 December 2018

CNPP holds first joint session of political parties in C'River, set to Adopt National Assembly candidates

The Cross River State chapter of Conference of Nigeria Political Parties(CNPP), has concluded plans to meet with all political parties in Cross River State ahead of the 2019 general elections. 

According to the newly sworn in state chairman Mr. Sunday Michael, the interactive session which will take place at the Conference Hall of Transcop Hotel, Calabar by 12 noon will feature representatives all political parties in the state who will be present to carry out an extensive and through screening of all candidates gunning for the National Assembly offices. 

Mr. Michael disclosed that the 2019 elections will be centered on candidates and not political parties as most political parties faithfuls have since keyed into this new ideology and are willing to run with it. 

The Conference which is expected to have no fewer than 30 registered political parties present will have them adopt candidates which CNPP will support for the national Assembly race. 

TDN learnt that, CNPP is one of the institutions in our electoral process that should not be taken lightly as unlike the Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC), it has powers to adopt candidates as well as influence the electoral processes as witnessed in the 2015 elections where CNPP single handedly influenced the then Governor of the State, Sen Liyel Imoke to go against the rumoured "Three Wise" men plan and ensure power shifted to the northern senatorial district of the state for the first time in the history of Cross River State. 

In 2012 Cross River watch, an online news platform had reported that despite the stands taken by most political parties, not to zone their gubernatorial slot to the North, CNPP succeeded  in influencing and ensured no Party produced a guber candidate from any other zone except from the North. 

"Cross River North remains the only zone yet to produce a governor for the state and the position of the CNPP is that all parties should make efforts to take their governorship candidates from the north. Any party that takes a candidate from south or central is heading for doom. We are also putting measures on ground to present the people of Cross River with a credible alternative". -Sunday Micheal, Crossriverwatch 2012.

In a telephone conversation with TDN, the secretary of IPAC,  Mr. Castro Izama, revealed that judging from it's records and antecedents, it is only CNPP that can unify all political parties to tow one direction. A candidate in the forthcoming general elections on the platform of YPP also affirmed CNPP's strength when he said "...and just as it did in 2015, it is set to do so again in 2019 but this time we are looking out for individuals who can effectively represent our people across part platforms in various offices. 

Information reaching our newsroom has it that, after adopting candidates for the National Assembly job across the state, body will now move on to adopt candidates for governorship and presidential positions on a future date not later than December 2018, as it has began mobilising it's members across the state to attend the first conference where National Assembly candidates will be adopted by the body. 

Ukorebi Esien blogs for Thedailynewsng were he tells the Nigerian story one article at a time