The All Progressives Congress (APC), Akwa Ibom State has inaugurated and sworn-in the Local Government Chapter Executives of the party.
Conducting the inauguration which took place at the Eseme Essien Event Centre in Uyo, the Organizing Secretary of the Care-taker Committee of APC in Akwa Ibom State, Hon. Aboh Uduyok said those sworn in were the authentic Chapter officers of the party across the 31 local government areas of the state.
Oduyok noted that the election of the inaugurated chapter executives followed an earlier conduct of Ward Congresses across the 329 wards in the state, during which Ward Chairmen and other Ward Officers, who bought nomination forms and presented themselves for the congress, were elected.
He said: “…few weeks ago, we were in the field to elect our party officers at the chapter level, and the inauguration and swearing-in of successful officers as followed is empowered by Article 33, sub-section 13 of the APC Constitution”.
Hon. Uduyok stated further that the foundation which led to the congress, that resulted in the emergence of the chapter executives, is in sync with the provisions of the Constitution of the APC, charging the just sworn-in chapter executive officers to rise to the demands of their offices and advance the ideals of the party in their respective local government chapters.
“Politics and party administration is like building a house. If a good foundation is not laid and you lay blocks , a small wind may come and collapse all of them. I want to tell you that you are very lucky where you have found yourself today because the foundation has been properly laid. We called for Ward congress, all our contestants bought forms, and they have their bank tellers.
That was the foundation that we laid. It is on that premise that we went ahead with the chapter congresses, through which all of you emerged. Therefore be assured that a proper foundation has been laid and it is on that note that I perform this solemn duty of inaugurating people that have been found worthy to pilot the affairs of their Local Government Areas as party officers” Uduyok said.
The Director General of Akwa Ibom Democratic Forum (ADF), Obongemem Ekperikpe Ekpo who was present at the occasion, on behalf of ADF, congratulated the newly sworn-in party executive officers, and commended Hon. Uduyok for standing firm to entrench democratic ideals in the party.
Ekperikpe said with the inauguration of the new chapter executive officers, APC in the State has received a fresh spirit to advance the cause of the party in their various chapters.
“The spirit that has been bestowed unto you is not the spirit of hatred; it is not the spirit of laziness. It is the spirit that would spur you to go into action and to bring more people into the party. That is the responsibility that I charge you to take up. Don’t be a party member that thinks he/she owns the party and has to control everything. No! Go out in peace and call everybody to join you in the party”.
The Director General of ADF, commended the leadership of the party at the National Level, and the leader of APC in Akwa Ibom State, Senator Godswill Akpabio and charged the new party chapter executives to emulate the virtues of their leaders by reuniting members of the party.
Speaking on behalf of the newly sworn-in Chapter Executives, the Chapter Chairman for Ibesikpo Asutan, Mr. Nsikak Ukim thanked the leadership of the party for their support as well as the party members for electing them to pilot the affairs of APC at the local government level.
He assured that they would not fail in their responsibilities as chapter officers of the party but would work to ensure the success of APC in Akwa Ibom State come 2023.
The event was graced by eminent party leaders stakeholders in the State, including Rt. Hon. Emaeyak Ukpong, Dr. Chris Akpan, Hon. Kufre Akpabio, Hon. Idongesit Ituen, Obonganwan Gloria Useh, Rt. Hon. Victor Antai, Honourable Chris Okorie and a host of others.