By Omeiza Ajayi
A member of the National Working Committee NWC of the ruling All Progressives Congress APC, Hilliard Eta has taken his party leadership to the cleaners, saying crucial decisions are now taken in favour of moneybags.
“In my place, we have a saying that when a lizard falls into a ditch, it becomes a play thing for the fowl. The party has now become a play thing between the National Chairman and the National Organizing Secretary. Anybody who has money can procure anything”, he said.
Eta who is the National Vice Chairman, South-South of the party made the declaration at the party’s national secretariat Friday in Abuja while addressing journalists on the festering crisis in the Cross River state chapter of the the APC.
He also accused the party’s Deputy National Chairman, South, Engr. Segun Oni of complicity in the matter.
His accusations came days after a national leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu wrote the National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, accusing him of kow-towing to pressure from money-bags.
According to him, what was expected of the party leadership was to have given all the necessary support to the reconciliation committee headed by a former Lagos state Governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
“From all intents and purposes, these issues are orchestrated…you know, the Asiwaju committee was constituted just a few days ago and these issues have been hanging on Cross River state since the appointment of the Minister.
The question that you will now ask is how come that immediately after the Asiwaju Bola Tinubu committee was constituted by the president, the National Chairman, the Deputy National Chairman, South and the National Organizing Secretary became so much in a hurry, so much interested and so much aggressive in their attempt to have this all-important chairman that they could not have in more than two years. What is the purpose?” he queried.
Explaining the issues in the Cross River chapter, he said; “There was a consensus in the Cross River state chapter that we should have a congress to bring in a substantive chairman since the erstwhile chairman had been appointed as the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs.
That was the agreement by the people of Cross River state and based on that, I wrote on behalf of the zone to the National Working Committee NWC to give the zone the authority to conduct a congress to that effect and the NWC said I should liaise with the office of the National Organizing Secretary (headed by Sen. Osita Izunaso) for that purpose.