A former governor of Cross River State, Chief Clement Ebri, on Wednesday officially declared his intention to run for the chairmanship slot of the All Progressives Congress in the June 23 national convention.
With his declaration, Ebri is set to challenge a former governor of Edo State, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, who had since made his intention public to contest the national chairmanship of the APC.
At a town hall meeting in Calabar, which attracted party stalwarts from different parts of the country, Ebri gave insights into his vision and programmes for the party if elected.
He said, “As the national chairman of the APC, I will in conjunction with other officers and members make APC’s existing organs, all 30 of them to function at optimal levels.
“All the organs of the party should communicate effectively. They must not be allowed to exist in silos and operate as lone rangers. The power and effectiveness of the party depends, in part, on a strong network of its community of party organs.
“Across the length and breadth of the nation and at different platforms and levels of the party organisations, there is visible evidence of poorly handled, unresolved and lingering intra-party crises which have potential to derail stakeholders from the primary goal for which the party was established.”
Ebri further said he would promote skilled information management from the ward level through the local government, state to the national headquarters.
He also said that he would pursue a policy of constructive outreach to all sections of the country.
“The party will invest in a party newspaper to provide a forum for sharing positions on national issues as well as place for members to share opinions. I will also organise periodic meetings with government officials to monitor consistency in the implementation of party platforms,” he said.