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PDP crisis: Mass defection looms in C-River

By Chinweoke Akoma

Barring any last-minute change in plans, it is just a matter of few days before the crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) takes its toll on the Cross River State chapter of the party.

Information exclusively obtained by the Sunday Vanguard reveal that plans are already in full throttle that will see a lot of members of the PDP in Cross-River defect to a faction of the party being led by Alhaji Kawu Baraje.

In this wise, Cross River State will emerge as the second, after Rivers State, among states in the South-south geo-political region  where the crisis rocking the ruling party will make a full impact.

Sources privy to meetings being held across the state, however, told our correspondent that Governor Liyel Imoke is not in the know of this development.

It was gathered that the pro-Baraje faction in the state is being led by two chairmen of category A Committees in the House of Representatives.

Both members are from the Cross River Central Senatorial District, and have been coordinating meetings among some aggrieved members of the PDP and the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC), towards altering some established political arrangements in Cross River State.

It is gathered that the governorship position in the state has been zoned  to the northern senatorial district after the tenure of Imoke, who is also from the central senatorial district, while one of them on the other hand has his eyes on the senatorial seat of Cross River Central, which present occupant, the Senate Leader, Chief Victor Ndoma-Egba, is from the same old Ikom local government area as one of them. This is also believed to be a negation of an established notion that the central senatorial position is rotated between the old Ikom local government area and the old Obubra local government area.


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