By: Vitalis Ugoh, Calabar
The APC Unity Forum, a sprawling Socio-Political Support Group of the All Progressives’ Congress(APC) in Cross River State, will on Friday confer honours on some deserving Nigerians who are members and stakeholders of the party in the state and beyond.
Sixteen Distinguished Nigerians and Party officials will be honoured as Patrons of the Forum during the inauguration of its State Executive Committee as well as its Local Government and Ward Coordinators in the state.
To Chair the event is a top Business man and Founding Father of the APC in the state, Elder Dr David Effiong Okon.
Over Fifty of the Forum’s Exco members and Coordinators will be inaugurated at the event holding at the Etaval Hotel and Suites,along Ibom Layout, Calabar.
Amongst the Patrons who will be decorated and honoured at the event include the APC Governorship Candidate, Ntufam Sen. Prince Bassey Edet Otu,who is also the Special Guest of Honour.
The Chairman of Davandy Group of Companies,Etinyin Dr Asukwo Ekpenyong OON, will also be honoured as Patron.
Former Finance Commissioner, who is the Senatorial Candidate for the Southern Senatorial District will equally be honoured as Patron at the event which will also have the Deputy State Chairman of the APC,Prince Eka Williams and Commissioner of Culture and Tourism,Eric Anderson as Guests of Honour.
Also,Former Nigeria’s Ambassador to Uganda, Etubom (Dr) Nya Eyoma Asukwo will be one of the organisation’s Patrons.
Others are; House of Representatives Member,Rt. Hon. Alex Egbona, Party and Former Governorship Hopeful,Engr. Ben Akak, Former Head of Service of the Federation,Chief Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita, Prof. Franca Bassey, House of Representatives Candidate for Boki,Etung and Ikom Federal Constituency,Sir Victor Abang, and Former Deputy Speaker of the Cross River State House of Assembly,Rt. Hon. Chief Orok Otu Duke.
Also, top Business Moguls Festus Omojuwa,Otumba Sunday Ogunleye, Comrade Ejiofor Okechukwu,Mr. Eze Ikechukwu Christian and Comrade Yusuf Ali will be honoured as Patrons of the Forum.
A statement from the Publicity Committee for the event, indicates that the inauguration of the Forum’s Leadership marks a new vista for the implementation of the group’s objectives which among other things include ensuring the victory of all the Party’s Candidates in the 2023 polls.
The statement maintains that “this consideration is the essence of the nomination and recognition of Patrons who will serve as a guide and whose tutelage, the group would greatly depend on for its overall programmes and successes.
The statement also congratulated the Patrons for their selection.