In what appears to be an ongoing internal crisis in the Cross River State chapter of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), members of the National Assembly and some founding fathers have boycotted the ward and local government congresses.
There has been no love lost between Governor Ben Ayade and some members of the National Assembly and some pioneer members, who contributed to the success of the party in the past 20 years, over who takes control of party structures.
The ward and local congresses of the party were held on Saturday, March 7 and March 21, 2020 across the 196 wards and 18 councils respectively.
However, there has been some opposition as stakeholders from the Movement for the Restoration of Cross River PDP (MFTROCR) are kicking against the alleged handpicking of ward, chapter and state executives by the party through the alleged instruction of the governor.
Raymond Takom, the group's spokesperson said it is saddening that majority of the National Assembly members, foundation members, former elected and political office holders that built the party from the scratch have been thrown out of the party.
Publicity Secretary of PDP, Egbung Odama, dismissed the allegation saying that the congresses were held in consultation with relevant stakeholders from wards to chapter levels.
He also maintained that the PDP still remains one indivisible family and everything would be done to carry everybody along as they reposition the part ahead of 2023.