The national leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has intervened in the leadership crisis in the Cross River State chapter of the party.
APC’s Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday.
He said a meeting of the Secretary of the APC Caretaker/Extra Ordinary National Convention Planning Committee, Senator John Akpanudoedehe, and party stakeholders resolved the factional and long-standing political disputes in the state on Tuesday.
According to Nabena, the meeting which was held at the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja was held at the instance of the Chairman of the Caretaker Committee, Mai Mala Buni.
He disclosed that discussions at the meeting bordered on the leadership of the party in Cross River State, where the two factions led by Etim John and John Ochalla respectively, were in contention.
After hearing from both factions, Senator Akpanudoedehe stressed the need for those present to come to an amicable resolution.
He explained that it was important for members to unite together to prepare the APC for the fast-approaching elections in Cross River.
At the end of deliberations, the meeting appointed Senator Matthew as Chairman of the party in Cross River State.
The decision was then approved by the Governor Buni led APC Caretaker/Extra Ordinary National Convention Planning Committee.
The meeting had in attendance key stakeholders of the APC in Cross River State, including the Minister of State for Power, Goddy Jedy-Agba; Senator Victor Egba; Senator John Enoh; Senator Mbu; Senator Bassey Otu; Larry Odey; former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Uguru Usani; and former APC National Vice Chairman, Hilliard Eta.
Other are Akin Ricketts, Mary Eta, Eteyen Umanah, Odey Ochicha, Wabilly Nyiam, Adie Ferdinand, John Odey, Alex Egbona, Phillip Obin, and Bassey Nkposong.