The All Progressives Congress (APC) has resolved the resolved the crisis rocking the party in Cross River as the party appointed interim executives, headed by Sen. Mathew Mbu, to pilot the affairs of the party in the state.
The APC Caretaker Committee Secretary, Sen. Akpan Udoedehe, said this on Tuesday at a news conference shorty after the reconciliation and peace meetings at the party’s suecretariat in Abuja.
It was recalled that there were two APC factional executives, headed by Mr John Ochala and Mr Godwin Etim, respectively.
Udoedehe commended President Muhammadu Buhari for giving the APC Caretaker/Extraordinary National Convention Planning Committee, headed by Gov. Mai Mala Buni, the opportunity to bring peace to the party in the state.
“I was given a mandate by the Chairman of the Caretaker/Extraordinary National Convention Planning Committee, Gov. Mai Mala Buni, to resolve the lingering crisis in Cross River State.
“I am happy to announce to all of us that we have reached a consensus and we have finally achieved the peace in Cross River State.
“May I use this opportunity to thank Mr President and the APC National Executive Committee (NEC) for giving us the opportunity to bring peace to the party,” party’s scribe said.
The Minister of State for Power, Mr Goddy Agba, expressed happiness over the party’s stakeholders’ consensus to end to the crisis in Cross River.
“I am glad to announce that today we have out an end to the crisis in Cross River.”
“We have sat down and we have agreed and come to a unanimous conclusion that we have a new party chairman in the person of Sen. Matthew Mbu (Jr) to henceforth lead us in Cross River APC,” he said.
The former factional Chairman, Etim, said he stood by the consensus arrangement.
“By God’s grace the leadership of our beloved brother, Sen. Matthew Mbu Jr. I want to state that I will give him support in all ramifications.
“And go ahead to assist in delivering APC in Cross River State.
Ochala also said: “We thank God that peace has finally come to the leadership of APC in the state.
“By the wisdom of the national leadership of our party and critical stakeholders from Cross River State, today a nomination has been made for a new state chairman of APC in Cross River in the person of Sen. Mathew Mbu Jr.
“I subscribe absolutely to it and I pledge my unalloyed loyalty to the new leadership.
“And we will give all our best to ensure that the forthcoming bye-elections of Senate and state Assembly will be the first testament of our resolve to work together,” he said.