|L-R: George Ekpungu and letter of acceptance|
Our Correspondent|29 September 2018
Dr George Abang Ekpungu, the immediate past Commissioner for New Cities Development in Cross River State has debunked the rumour that he has been disqualified by the PDP screening committee to contest the primaries of Ikom/Boki federal constituency.
Dr Abang Ekpungu, who described the false report been peddled around as ‘mischievous”, said that no official letter has been written to him that his clearance certificate has been withdrawn.
According to him, he honourably resigned from the appointment as a Commissioner before getting the party nomination and interest form, adding his resignation letter was dated August 15 and was signed by the Secretary to State Government on the directives of the State Governor.
He explained that he received his last salary while as a Commissioner on July 27, 2018, saying that with the last payment of his salary in July, it further shows the acknowledgement and acceptance of his resignation from service as a Commissioner.
“No one has disqualified me from contesting the primaries on October 3rd. I’m fully in the race. I want to encourage my teeming supporters not to be shaken because victory is assured.
“After my resignation, my account statement was duely filed and sent to the National Chairman of PDP through the National Organising Secretary.
“I was duely cleared for the position of Ikom/Boki federal constituency. I’m ready, capable and strong for the primaries”, he said.
The screening committee had earlier acted on a report submitted to them by the Secretary to the State Government, Barr. Tina Agbor, saying that the governor did not give out acceptance letters to officials who resigned from their appointments.
But, in a letter dated September 26, written to the Chairman, Cross River State Appeals Committee (National Assembly) by the Secretary to the State Government, the state government Clearified that Dr George Abang Ekpungu’s name was included in error because the state government had earlier accepted his resignation.