The Commissioner for Tourism in Cross River State, Mr Eric Anderson, has described the current political divide of Calabar Municipality as very unfortunate, saying that an individual cannot lord over the entire people of Calabar Municipality.
Anderson spoke during the consultative meeting of leaders and stakeholders of Calabar Municipality by APC South Senatorial Candidate, Asuquo Ekpenyong, which was held at Channel View Hotel, on Friday in Calabar.
He disclosed that all the effort for Calabar Municipal stakeholders to unite ahead of the 2023 elections in the state has met a serious brick wall by those whose interest has become bigger than the people.
The Commissioner frowned at the shortchanging of many party faithful whose names were in the 15 man polling unit management committee list by the Local Government Chairman, Hon Nta Eke.
According to the Commissioner, his names were tempered from his zone, as well as the ones across other polling units in his ward.
“Hon. Nta Eke is my Chairman, I respect his office just as I expect him to respect my office. Irrespective of the grievances in this hall towards the Local Government leadership, I still plead that we all give him that respect as our Chairman.
“What we would not accept is the shortchanged. The original list that emanated from all polling units after diligence harmonization by various wards’ leadership must be respected by our Chairman,” he said.
The Commissioner also frowned at the Chapter Chairman, Hon. Emmanuel Mbora, for being an accomplice to the short-changing of some names across the 10 wards of Calabar Municipal.
Speaking earlier, Hon. Emmanuel Edward Oyowah, Commissioner for Urban Renewal, disclosed that the list from his political ward was also tempered.
He said that a divided house cannot succeed, thereby appealing for a united Calabar Municipality ahead of the 2023 general elections.
He condemned the act of shortchanging names in the wards by a few political cabals at the council while asking the Local Government leaders to lead as good examples to the people.