By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
The chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Cross River State, senator Matthew Mbu, yesterday disclosed that inability of the party stakeholders in the State to cooperate and work together has been the bane of its success in successive elections.
Speaking in Abuja, the Cross River State chairman said “APC has come of age in Cross River State, what has been keeping us from winning elections is the fact that we were not working as one. We have all realized that.
He said majority of the people in the state are supporting the APC, adding that they have realised this since, hence their resolve to work together as a united party, such that nothing will stop them.
“Majority of real people in Cross River State are in our party. A house divided unto itself can’t stand and as a family we realized that we must come together and nothing can stop us. The Honourable Minister is here, we are here as a family and we are going to win the elections, I can assure you of that and this is just going to be a prelude to 2023 and after that, we are going to Government House”, he said.
Speaking also, Fidel Ogoro, who was an aspirant but lost to another candidate during the primaries, despite the strength which the party has in the state, internal pull has prevented it from leveraging on the opportunity and strength.
He said “I was one of the aspirants that ran for the Senate. This party has been through a lot. I joined the party well back in 2017, I was still Deputy Chairman of PDP when I switched over to this party and we had quite a number of problems as a party.
“In spite of the caliber of men and women that we have in the party, in spite of the strength of the party in the State, the internal pulls had prevented us from leveraging on the strength that we have and thank God we now have a Chairman and there is unity now.
“There is great consensus and so, we want to build on that and we don’t want to allow ourselves be driven by personal interest. We need to win elections and we believe that this Senate is a ‘must win’, we have everything to win the election.
“It is for this reason that some of us, even though we are not too pleased with the outcome of the election (primaries), we decided that we have to put our differences aside and work together as a party. I want to say that our colleagues who are not here, whatever grievances they have, should sink them and join us to work together to deliver Joe Agi, the one that the party has given the mandate”, he said.