MAY 01, 2020
The Attention Of The National Working Committee (NWC) of our great party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been drawn to a list/document of Wards and LGA Executives for Cross River State circulating on the social media, purportedly signed by the National Organizing Secretary, Col. Austin Akobundu (rtd), as the authentic list of approved new Ward and LGA executives for Cross River State as against the one earlier forwarded to the State Chapter which was also copied to other appropriate authorities on Sunday April 26, 2020.
In clear and unambiguous terms, the PDP states that it had not sent any other list/document to Cross River state other than the initial list sent on Monday April 27, 2020, with Ref Number: PDP/DOM/GF.V/Vol.2/20-387B.
For the avoidance of doubt, this document in circulation on the social media is forged, as our document has more than ten distinguishing features, which are completely absent in the forged circulating version.
For instance three of these features which are missing in the forged documents are listed below:
- Footnotes on the Party’s Original Document has page numbers for control purposes as in (1 of 217). The forged document does not;
- Original Party document has Reference Number As: PDP/DOM/GF.V/Vol.2/20-387B (B Stands For Bulk, since all States get the same letter with same Reference Number), The forged document has PDP/DOM/GF.V/Vol.2/20-377B; (387B NOT 377B)
- In the arrangements of Local Government Areas: the Original Party Document begins with OBUBRA LGA and OSOPANG II Ward, while the forged document begins with Abi LGA and ITIGIDI Ward;
The other security features will not be disclosed for forensic purposes as this despicable act will be properly investigated and the perpetrators reprimanded.
While we do not want to join issues with the authors of this forged document, the Directorate of Organization and Mobilization of the Peoples Democratic Party wishes to disown this forged document in its entirety and urge all our party members, stakeholders and party faithful to discountenance it.
We stand by the initial authentic list of the Ward and Local Government executives for all the 196 wards and 18 LGAs of Cross River State as contained in the attached lists of names of Ward and LGA Exco members approved by the National Working Committee (NWC) of our great Party, which was done after giving careful consideration to the reports of the Electoral Committee and the Appeal Panel.
Col Austin Akobundu (Rtd).
National Organizing Secretary