*there’s no division in our party – Udosen
…as Ita Enang writes National, seeks conciliation
The State Working Committee of the Akwa Ibom State Chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) has summoned Group Captain Sam Ewang (Rtd.) to appear before it for convening what it said was an “illegal stakeholders meeting” where Senator Godswill Akpabio was proclaimed as leader of the party in the state.
Addressing the press on Monday, the SWC headed by the State Chairman of APC, Dr. Ita Udosen, said Ewang disparaged the Constitution of the party by holding the said meeting.
“After consultations with our legal department, we want to respectfully inform him that he did not have such powers and he doesn’t have such powers to do that. I have to tell you that at national level in APC, there is no BoT. It has never been appointed, no caucus has been inaugurated and at the state level, we have not inaugurated that. This is because, whatever we do we take the offshoot from the National Chairman.
“If I may refer you to the party’s constitution, article 25 page 89 of October 2014 as amended, you will discover that the power to convene any party meeting call it APC stakeholders’meeting, is solely rest on the state chairman of the party, the State Working Committee and the State Executive Council,” part of his statement reads.
Dr. Udosen revealed that Ewang was told by the party to stay action on the meeting in best interest of the party and stakeholders: “After due consultations with our critical stakeholders of which His Excellency Sam Ewang is part of, one wonders what motivated him(Ewang). On Friday evening he requested for stakeholders meeting from the party but the party said no, let us meet with our leaders first on Saturday then by Easter Monday when all leaders will be in town we can then have a stakeholders meeting but he (Ewang) but he insisted went ahead and summoned a stakeholders meeting.”
He lauded the party “for the peaceful conduct and conclusion of registration/ revalidation exercise in the state”, and revealed that the over 700,000 members were captured in the state during the revalidation/registration exercise.
Udosen also commended the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Ita Enang, for seeking an amicable solution to the stakeholders’ crisis.
The state chairman, however, held that the discordant tunes in the party are mere misunderstandings that would soon be resolved.
Sen. Enang had in a letter dated March 30, 2021, prayed the Chairman, National Caretaker and Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee of the party, Governor Mai Bala Buni of Yobe State, to act as a conciliator in the crisis rocking the Akwa Ibom State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
In the letter, the senior presidential aide suggested that the National Caretaker Committee Chairman convene a “limited stakeholders meeting” to be “followed by the leaders going in unison to convene meeting at the state level to effect permanent reconciliation to prepare the party for congresses and convention as one united state chapter.”