The Akwa Ibom State chapter of the All Progressives Congress APC has declared the alleged declaration of the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Sen. Godswill Akpabio, as party leader null and void, claiming that under state constitution, the state chairman is the head of the party caucus in the state.
The party decided at its second Stakeholders Meeting over the weekend in Uyo to study the party’s state of affairs in the first quarter of the year and to reflect on the party’s accomplishments and problems in the state.
In the communique issued after the meeting and obtained by our correspondent, stakeholders “endorsed the decision of the State Executive Committee SEC to declare as a nullity the unilateral proclamation and announcement of Sen.
Godswill Akpabio, the APC’s State Party Leader, violated the Party’s Constitution in the unauthorized and unconstitutional Stakeholders meeting on March 28, 2021. “That the Party hereby advises all members and the general public that the State Chairman (or Caretaker Chairman, as applicable) is the Chairman of the State Caucus as provided for in Article 12.9 Sub I of the Party Constitution (October 2014 As Amended) and remains the Party Leader in the State until further notice.”
Those who attended the meeting and signed the communique were the National Secretary of the APC Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee CECPC, Sen. John James Akpanudoedehe; Akwa Ibom APC Caretaker State Chairman, Dr. Ita Udosen; Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Oil and Gas Free Zones Authority (OGFZA), Umana Okon Umana; SSA to the President, Sen. Ita Enang; Dr. Amadu Atai; Member, South South APC Reconciliation Committee, Obong Sunny Jackson; Archbishop Samuel Akpan; Chief Godwin Afangideh and Sam Ewang. Other attendees were: Sir Ibanga Akpabio; Chief Otu Ita Toyo; Rt. Hon. Nse Ntuen; Dora Ebong; Mr. Sonny Ayang; Hon. Uwem Udoma; DIG Ekpoudom (rtd.); Effiong Akwa; Rt. Hon. Emmanuel Ukoete; Rt. Hon. Emmanuel Ekpenyong; Mr. Austin Ekanem; Barr. Effiong Abia;
The party also thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for the accomplishments of his administration so far, as well as his unwavering commitment to addressing the country’s corruption, economic, and security challenges.