Thursday, 12 May 2022

C'River 2023: Controversy Trails As C'River PDP Gubernatorial Aspirant Denies Consensus

RT. Hon. Daniel Asuquo, Dansuki

Asuquo Cletus Felix |11th May 2022

As the 2023 general elections draws near, a front line governorship aspirant on the Umbrella of the People's Democratic Party PDP, Rt Hon Ntufam Daniel Asuquo, popularly called Dansuki has rejected the purported  consensus reached by southern aspirants of the PDP.

Reacting to the rumour of the said consensus arrived at the instance of a former governor of the state, Mr Donald Duke, where the Chancellor of Arthur Jarvis University, Sir, Arthur Jarvis was said to have emerged, Dansuki, through his campaign Director General Inyang Ibala Aka Dumbra  On Monday, informed newsmen that said meeting and its outcome was a 'wild goose chase' by an infamous sociocultural group whose membership cuts across different political parties. 

He said such a compromised group goofed in attempting to impose a candidate on the party. Stating that nobody will have the privilege of imposing anyone on the electorates as the system will not allow it stand. 

The DG added that it was important that all aspirants or candidate in elections understand that the current electoral act, stipulates that for any consensus to be effective, the people involved must fill one form and swear an affidavit attach to it and sign.

The press statement read by Mr. Yibala titled, 'We are not part of any Conaensus', reads thus:

"The African, nay Nigerian and even Cross River State's, social and cultural milieu allows for bonding, sustained relationships, and unity of purpose that promotes oneness and community development. They radiate with clear-cut vision and strategic means towards achieving set goals. Sometimes it becomes skewed with parochial interest of community members against basic norms.

Given this background, one would have expected that a meeting of a socio-cultural group under the aegis of Cross River Southern Community Elders' Forum would have restricted their scope of operation to specifics rather than stray into contentious areas which do not fall under their purview. Or how would one describe a meeting of the said group called at the instance of His Excellency, Mr. Donald Duke, and dominated by a sectional ethnic interest, to address political issues bordering on a multiplicity of aspirants of the Peoples Democratic Party if not to undermine the interest and insult the sensibilities of the good people of Cross River State who deserve the right to enthrone a candidate of their choice?

So, the wild goose chase embarked upon by this infamous socio-cultural group comprised of members of different but notable political parties, goofed in attempting to impose a candidate on our great party, the PDP.

While we remain patriotic community members and resolute in blazing the trail to deliver on people-oriented policies and programmes, we dissociate ourselves from this flagrant incursion into our party's transparent democratic processes. The relevant provision of the PDP constitution, the party's primary guidelines for electing candidates, the 2021 Electoral Act, and other extant laws, severally and collectively frown at the imposition of candidates through any guise.

The governorship aspiration of our principal, Rt. Hon. Daniel Asuquo, is not limited to the Southern Senatorial District of Cross River State. His political influence cuts across the entire state by virtue of his verifiable legacies, his mass appeal even in the market square, on the streets and in the hinterland- all teeming with people who yearn for the manifestation of his well laid out campaign promises.

The processes of electing candidates for the 2023 general elections are on course and we are not ready to disappoint our delegates or make a mockery of our party supporters or the good people of Cross River State as we progress with the scheduled timetable, and count down to the party's primaries and, God willing, to the 2023 general elections.

Mr. Yibala Inyang
Campaign DG