SEN AKPABIO EMERGES APC POLITICAL LEADER AMIDST CONTROVERSY
The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs and former Senator of Akwa Ibom North West, Sen. Godswill Akpabio has emerged the Political Leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Akwa Ibom Chapter amidst controvery.
The choice of the former Governor of the State was made during the stakeholders meeting of the party convened earlier today in the state.
Meanwhile, there has been a press release by the State Publicity Secretary of the Care Taker Committee of the party, Mr. Nkereuwem Enyongekere, debunking claims of such meeting as announced at the instant of Captain Sam Ewang, BoT member of the Party in the State.
Read the Press Release:
All Progressives Congress Akwa Ibom State Chapter,
149 Ikot Ekpene Road,
Re: APC Stakeholders Meeting purportedly Convened by Group Captain Sam Ewang Today, Sunday, 28th March 2021.
The attention of All Progressives Congress (APC) Akwa Ibom State Chapter has been drawn to a radio announcement calling for a stakeholders meeting of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Akwa Ibom State Chapter today at some location in the state.
The meeting, according to the radio announcement, is at the instance of Group Captain Sam Ewang (RTD) a member of the Board of Trustees of the party. Group Captain Ewang according to the radio announcement claims to derive the powers to hold such meeting from his membership of the BoT.
We wish to state that Group Captain Sam Ewang does not have the powers to announce/circulate notice and to convene a Stakeholders Meeting of APC in the state. The hierarchy of party therefore directs its organs at all levels not attend such meeting as it is a clear breach of the Constitution of the party, an abuse of privelege and an unnecessary affront to the leadership of the party in the state.
APC in Akwa Ibom State is a properly organised party with a firm and very active party leadership structure at every level through which the party has been meeting, organising, mobilising and restrategizing for the many tasks which are to lead the way for the formation of an APC government in Akwa Ibom State in 2023 to give good governance to the suffering populace. This leadership is connected to and recognised by the national leadership of the party and just last week, successfully concluded registration and revalidation of party membership in Akwa Ibom State. That Leadership structure is led by Hon (Dr) Ita Udosen, as State Chairman, APC State
Caretaker Committee with the support and confidence of all party leaders, stakeholders and members in Akwa Ibom State.
For emphasis, we wish to state that Dr Ita Udosen is the only person lawfully empowered to convene a stakeholders meeting through the notice issued by the Secretary of the party to affected stakeholders. For the records and emphasis, Dr Ita Udosen and the party Executive in the state are not aware of any such meeting, no such notice has been issued in accordance with the Constitution of APC and cannot hold except for mischief and confusion which the party will resist including wielding disciplinary actions against the perpetrators.
We concede the right of His Excellency, Group Captain Sam Ewang to convene his personal meetings to advance any political or group interest which meets his approval. But such meeting must not be given inappropriate tag such as “APC Stakeholders Meeting” but must be limited to its true nature as a pressure group meeting to avoid abuse and creating confusion in the party.
On that note, all APC Stakeholders, party leaders, party structures at all levels, members and the general public are hereby put on notice to discountenance the purported stakeholders meeting and act accordingly.
Mr Nkereuwem Enyongekere,
State Publicity Secretary,
Akwa Ibom State.
March 28, 2021.