All is set for the conduct of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Ward congresses in Cross River State today.
The earlier congresses held on November 1, were cancelled by the national leadership of the party following allegations that the result of that exercise was doctored by members of the electoral panel.
The party subsequently directed that the exercise be re-conducted today.
At a meeting with the stakeholders of the party, yesterday, Chairman of the new electoral panel, Chief Chidi Egiogu, assured that the exercise would be transparent, free and fair.
Egiogu urged politicians to exhibit high level of discipline during the exercise.
“We are going to conduct this exercise in line with the electoral guidelines and following due process. I expect you to handle this election in the spirit of sportsmanship by accepting whatever will be the outcome in the interest of this great party,” he said.
Refuting insinuations that the outcome of the exercise had been pre-determined, he showed the stakeholders the electoral materials contained in a bag he hung on his neck, adding, “We will conduct this exercise with utmost transparency and give everybody a level playing field.”
In his remark, the state Chairman of the party, Mr. Ntufam John Okon, assured the panel that as one big family in Nigeria’s most hospitable and preferred destination, the state executive committee would give them the necessary cooperation to ensure a hitch free exercise.