Eteng Williams who represents Yakurr II State Constituency in the Cross River State House Assembly has exclusively told www.calitown.com he holds nothing against former CR governor, Clement Ebri and cannot be “a part of any design to diminish the status of the former governor, under the guise of any political differences”. Perhaps to drive home this point, Williams informed again that “on the 4th of January, this year, I dropped him at the airport, I am like a son to him, we have a very cordial relationship and even if we disagree now, it will be for our collective good in the long run”.
The legislator’s position is informed by the negative fallout from the last State House of Assembly elections in Yakurr II Constituency, prompting the cancellation of the election in Mkpani/Agoi ward by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC. Confirmed sources in the area told www.calitown.com the former governor’s residence was in the thick of things as persons opposed to the Ebri insisted that electoral materials be kept not in his house but in the INEC recognised centre. One person was confirmed shot and killed as he tried to scale Ebri’s fence.
Meanwhile, Williams wants the police to find out why the man who was shot and killed was hurriedly buried and several unconnected arrests made while those fingered as being responsible for the crime walk the streets free. “I am appalled that there was no autopsy carried out on the victim and as we speak, the same police have been unable to arrest the people who torched 16 houses in Mkpani, belonging to my supporters”. He went on to say that, “the perpetrators of this act have been saying all sorts of things and making threats, but I know their only weapon now is the violence they have been promising because they know in their hearts that I will win the election, re-scheduled for the 25th of this month. Remember that in the results declared in the other wards, I am leading and it will be difficult for them to convince my people to abandon a representative who has the love of his community, has worked so hard at bringing peace to the community and will still work for the benefit of the people and to the glory of God”.
On how the elections can be peacefully conducted, the legislator is of the opinion that all the security agencies must collaborate on this one so the area does not become a war theatre. He also appeals to former governor, Clement Ebri, who he described as “the flagship of the Mkpani community” to be the stateman he is, in word and deed so that the electoral wish of the people can see the light of day, just like his supporters are advised to “remain calm, law abiding and not give in to any intimidation because victory is sure”.
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