By Nsa Gill
The Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Senator John Owan-Enoh has expressed confidence that despite challenges facing the state chapter of his political party in the state, the grounds support from the electorates will give them victory.
Speaking in a news conference to wrap up his campaigns across the state before the polls this Saturday, Senator Owan-Enoh said the electorates in the State know the state of affairs and how the incumbent government has run the state aground in vital sectors of the economic development.
He admitted that what the State Resident Electoral Commissioner did on the eve of the presidential and National Assembly elections was a challenge to the party which the party has done all that is necessary to correct misconceptions created.
It can be recalled that the Independent National Electoral Commission through the State REC called a press conference on the eve of the February 23rd elections where he announced that he has the directive to convey to the people of the state that the APC in the State has no candidate in the polls. According to him, the directives to delist APC candidates followed a Federal High Court order which directed the delisting of candidates whose names were published by the commission.
The governorship candidate said such press conference from the umpire, 12 hours to the elections was the height of irresponsibility and partisanship of the referee.
He wondered why the same INEC that was served with two judgements from Appeal Court validating John Owan-Enoh as the duly nominated governorship candidate of the APC in the state would instead honour a lower court order over a higher court.
Speaking specifically concerning the delisting by INEC of APC candidates that were earlier published, Owan-Enoh reiterated that they have done all that is necessary to correct INEC the wrong decisions of INEC and he believes, the names of candidates will be re-enlisted before the election day, March 9.
His words, “I believe INEC will re-enlist the names of our candidates before the elections, if they do not, then, there will be consequences”.
He spoke to the electorates in the state to give the APC a chance to govern the State by voting for APC at the poll. Adding that, Cross River State needs to align with the party in control of the presidency, to draw down more dividends of democracy.
He was accompanied in the press conference by his running mate, Ntufam Ekpo Okon, the Director General of his campaign, Sir Maurice Effiwatt among other party stalwarts in the State.