The All Progressives Congress, APC has described as “another contraption of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP to score cheap political points, recent media reports that the Cross River State Governor Ben Ayade has reserved 30% slots of appointment into his cabinet for opposition parties in the state.
South South Zonal Secretariat of the APC in a statement by Mr. Bassey Ita the Special Adviser[Media and Publicity] to the Zonal Chairman, Prince Hilliard Eta and made available to PUO REPORTS said the party was not interested in the offer and will never be a party to the proposed unity government.
According to the statement, the idea of a unity government has always been that of the PDP, stating that the APC believe in total reforms of the inept leadership of the PDP and not to identify with it.
It reads in part: “We have read reports flooding online news portals alluding to the purported formation of a government of national unity at the instance of Governor Ben Ayade in Cross River state in which the opposition parties were alleged to have been offered a 30% slot of appointments into the PDP government.
‘’We are constrained to state here clearly that even though the concoction called elections of March 28 and April 11, this year has placed us as an opposition party in the state, but our political belief and ideology as a progressive party couple with the pride of being the governing party at the centre compels us to reject such offer. We would NEVER contemplate such arrangements as we are completely averse to it.
‘’In the same vein, as those who preach and imbibe the change gospel ,it would be foolhardy to accept a mix bag of change which is the centre point of our ideology and of ineptitude which has been the disposition of the PDP led government overtime as we continue to make great strides and efforts to improve on the living conditions of our people.
‘’This offer is therefore in our estimation, another contraption of the PDP to score cheap political points by drawing from the creative and dedicated spirit of our members to reverse the failure of governance—a reality which has been recorded in posterity against it.’’
The statement furthered that the APC leadership was completely averse to the development and would advise its members against it.
It urged members to remain consistent with the party’s belief and ideology adding that they should always reflect on the words of the U.S President Barack Obama that ‘’if you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress.’’
It said the path of change there have chosen is the right path and that soon the time to build Cross River state will be upon the APC.
It would be recalled that some online media were recently awash with reports of Ayade forming a unity government in which 30% slot was said to be reserved for opposition parties in the state including the APC.