By Emma Una
CALABAR – A faction of the All Progressives Congress, APC, led by Mr Clement Ebri, former governor of Cross River State, yesterday, defied an order of an Abuja High Court restraining the party from conducting state congress to elect new executives for the party in the state until hearing for the substantive matter scheduled for October 25, 2018.
The faction of the party gathered a Nkonib Hall in Iko Ansa about 6a.m.,to conduct the congress where they elected parallel officials for the state executive of the parry against those elected in May during the nationwide congresses of the party.
This has compounded the lingering crisis bedevilled the party in the state for months and may make it hard to resolve despite the National Working Committee of the party.
The party not remains polarised between the Ntufam Hilliard Eta-led faction with Dr Matthew Achigbe as state Chairman, and Pastor Usani Usani’s group which produced Mr Godwin John as Chairman of the party during the May congress.
The NWC had, few weeks ago ordered for a fresh election, which the Godwin Etim John’s faction disagreed with and headed to court.
They obtained an injunction restraining the APC from nullifying the already conducted state congress. The court said it was only the national convention of the party which could do so.
Chairman of the new Congress Committee, Mr Henry Idahagbon, said it had become necessary to end all forms of contest for the soul of the party in the state so as to the make APC a strong contender for the governorship seat in Cross River.