By Jacob Ajom
Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, faithful in Boki, Cross River State, have demanded the resignation of the Publicity Secretary of the state chapter of the party, Mr. Bisong Obi, on moral grounds.
His emergence as the state PDP Publicity Secretary in March 2012, is being questioned by some party leaders, especially from his immediate constituency, Boki.
A concerned Boki PDP member, Mr. Takon Osang, who said he was representing the views of his people, told journalists in Calabar that party leaders from the area were demanding the immediate resignation of Obi as he does not represent their interests in Calabar.
He said: “His so-called election to that office is still a mystery to all of us. How could Obi have been elected when he was not a delegate to the 2012 state congress of the party?”
Obi was also accused of drawing salaries from the local government area long after he had assumed office as the party’s Publicity Secretary.
But Obi, who described the accusations as lacking merit, told our correspondent in Calabar that his accusers should not stop at talking to the press but should write to Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to investigate the matter.
He said: “I contested for the post of Publicity Secretary of PDP on March 17, 2012 . On March 15, 2012, I dutifully resigned as Supervisory Councillor with Boki Local Government Area, two days before the election. I only collected my March salary for which I worked for 15 days. The Public Service rules allow for a person to collect his salary after 15 days. Soon after my resignation, somebody was sworn into that office. Are my accusers saying the council is paying two salaries for the same position?”
Obi said anyone in doubt should confirm from the council’s accounts department or the Ministry of Local Government in Calabar.