The crisis in the Cross River State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) heightened on Tuesday, as the governorship aspirants and other stakeholders from the state said it may scuttle President Goodluck Jonathan’s chances in 2015 if not addressed immediately.
The group blamed the former governor of the state, Donald Duke, and the Senate Leader, Victor Ndoma-Egba, for the crisis bedevilling the state chapter of the party.
Briefing journalists at a press conference on behalf of PDP governorship aspirants, National Assembly members, all local government council chairmen and all chapter chairmen of the party on recent political events in the state, Ntufam Fidelis Ugbo, who led the aggrieved team, accused Ndoma-Egba of changing the list of delegates, who emerged at the ward congress.
The group insisted that the party leaders must discipline the Senate Leader.
However, the Director General of Victor Ndoma-Egba Campaign Organisation, Ernest Irek, described the allegations as “lies, libellous and irresponsible.”
According to him, it was wrong for the state chairman of the party and the Governor Liyel Imoke’s camp to recant on the ward election result, which they had accepted initially.
He insisted that the party leadership at the state level who are now joining ranks with the aggrieved group who lost out in the ward election has shown bias.
He insisted that coming round to accuse the electoral panel that conducted the Ward congress of bias is an afterthought which is condemnable in its entirety.
The alleged suspension of some party members, he said was an illegal act, which cannot stand in the face of law and the dictates of the party’s constitution.
He noted that the fear raised by the state chairman over the delegate list was an indication that the state chairman, acting on the instruction of someone, has drawn a list they wanted as delegates but could not achieve their aim and are now angry.