Monday, 22 July 2019

APC set to adopt, sponsor candidate for NACRISS WW elections, See reason

22 July, 2019

According to grapevine sources, the All Progress Congress, APC, in Cross River State has concluded arrangement to adopt and sponsor a candidate for the forthcoming World Wide elections of National Association of Cross River State Students, NACRISS.  TDN can report.

The source revealed that party having noticed the role played by the student body in the recently concluded elections, believes installing a president from their camp will give them leverage in canvassing for votes and support should the rumored rerun elections in the state becomes a reality. 

The source who seriously pleaded not to be mentioned said " You know these guys are politicians and as such they are investing, this is a game, they are preparing ahead and leaving no stone untouched. And on the other hand even if the rerun does not hold, the student body can be used as cause unrest for the government of the day". Our source informed.

"Besides, from the look of things, the local government elections is also likely to hold. So with all these in mind a wise politician will want to use this window of neglect to take over control of the student body".

When asked what was meant by "window of neglect", our source explained that "the student body had always been sustained by the government and philanthropic gestures from politicians, but since Ayade won his second term elections, he has neglected them". Our source concluded.

TDN learnt that Comrade Akpanke's NACRISS led government came to an end on the 8th of June 2019, with the setting up of an electoral committee (ELECO) and a Sole Administration (SOLAD) but the ELECO are finding it difficult to conduct election due to lack of funds. 

As at press time, about 5 students are said to have indicated interest to run for the presidency of the Union as the election has been slated to hold in the last week of July 2019.

TDN gathered that the union has been approached by an undisclosed chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, with a deal sponsoring their elections which of course, the union will in turn pay allegiance to the party. 

When contacted, the state publicity secretary of the party, Mr. Bassey Ita, denied the allegation, he told TDN that he is not aware of such moves and doesn't believe his party will be interested in such moves, however, he said if the story be true then it must be an individual doing it in his capacity as an individual and not the party. 

On his part Mr. Okono Moses, chairmen of the electoral committee agreed that the union lacks funding to conduct the election, but said he will prefer not to say anything as concern their alleged romance with the leadership of APC in the state.