While many express doubt over the ability of the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, to reconcile party members and patch them up for 2019, the group in Cross River State has gone beyond doubting, calling on the peace maker to make haste and rush down to the state.
Utum Eteng, an APC chieftain in the state, a senior legal practitioner, said Tinubu’s appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari to reconcile all aggrieved members of the APC lends credence to the overwhelming confidence in the Asiwaju’s personality.
His appeal: “I congratulate Tinubu (Jagbaban Borgu) on the recent appointment by the president to reconcile all aggrieved members of the APC family towards repositioning the party to deliver on the change agenda of the APC led federal government. It is an appointment well-deserved taking into consideration the fact that the history of the emergence of the APC cannot be completely written without giving you a pride of place.
“This appointment is not only timely, but also lends credence to the overwhelming confidence reposed on your personage. I trust in your ability and capacity to succeed in the arduous task as always.
“Sir, as you set to embark on this assignment I want to draw your attention specifically to the avoidable crisis eating deeply into the Cross River State chapter of the APC. The crisis is gradually eroding the wonderful opportunity placed on the APC on a platter of gold to win the state governorship election in Cross River State for the APC come 2019 with less stress.
“The APC debacle in Cross River State is largely caused by the mischief of some overzealous party members, extreme suspicion, pettiness and ingratitude between old and new members to the magnanimity of Mr President. Every elder wants to make a state chairman out of his stooge at the detriment of collectivism. It is either ‘Mr A’ would be state chairman or nobody else even where the supreme constitution of the party is breached.
“I am therefore appealing to you to enlist the problems and challenges of Cross River State in your topmost agenda. President Muhammadu Buhari has rewarded Cross River State people with unprecedented patronage and favours and anything short of victory for this party in all elections will not be acceptable.
“Once again congratulations on the well deserved appointment and recognition. To the President, I say unequivocally that he made no mistake in your appointment.”