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Bonfires as APC youths protested the manipulated ward congress

Crisis rocks A/Ibom APC ward congress; As Forum of Chapter Chairmen, stakeholders pass, “No Confidence Vote” on State Caretaker Exco

APC stakeholders addressing a press conference in Akwa Ibom rejecting the ward congress on Saturday.
Bonfires as APC youths protested the manipulated ward congress
APC State Secretariat along Ikot Ekpene Road sealed by protesting youths in the early hours of yesterday.
Supporters of APC besieging the party Secretariat.

By Dennis Udoma, Uyo

Forum of Chapter Caretaker Chairmen of the All Progressives Congress Party (APC), in Akwa Ibom have rejected the ward congress conducted yesterday (Saturday, July 31, 2021) calling for its cancellation as the exercise, they say, was predetermined.

Observing that the Dr. Ita Udosen – led State Exco and the Mallam Shehu Sheriff committee colluded with the national secretary, Sen. Akpanudoedehe to serve his governorship ambition in 2023, those opposed to the congress protested, barricaded access roads to the party office and set up bonfires.

In a statement read by the Chairman of Ikot Abasi Chapter, Mr Ubong Ekpo, the Forum unanimously passed a “Vote of No Confidence” on the State Caretaker Chairman, Dr. Ita Udosen and his executive, accusing them of behaving like domestic staff to Sen. Akpanudoedehe in the affairs of a party that belongs to every stakeholder in the State.

According to them, “we unanimously reject the ward congress in Akwa Ibom because the outcome was concocted and predetermined overnight by Mallam Shehu Sherif to be submitted to the national headquarters of the party, as if they conducted the exercise.

The chairmen swiftly appointed one of them, Mr. Emem Idio to takeover from Dr. Udosen who they accused of breaching the trust of members of the party in Akwa Ibom.

Also, the concerned stakeholders of APC, in a separate press conference read by Barrister Mfon Udeme, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to rescue the party in the state, by sacking the current National Caretaker Committee.

They cited the wanton impunity of the acting national secretary, Senator John Akpanudoedehe as an ill omen to the party.

A situation, which they suggested could deprive the APC of its chances in its march to the hilltop mansion in 2023.

Their statement titled, “Wanton Impunity/Invitation to Anarchy by Dr. Ita Udosen led APC Caretaker Committee in Akwa Ibom State” stated categorically the sins of Dr. Udosen.

According to them, “This press briefing has become imperative due to the desperate antics of Dr Ita Udosen led APC Caretaker Committee to dance to the tune of his paymaster in the person of Senator John Udoedehe.

“Unfortunately, the wrong combination of the desperation of Ita Udosen /Udoedehe assumed feverish dimension in the build up to the ward congress and has eventually snowballed into full blown crisis leading to massive protest and shutting down of the APC State Secretariat in the early hours of Saturday July 31, 2021.

“We call on President Mohammadu Buhari in his capacity as the Leader of the party in Nigeria to call to order the Akwa Ibom APC Caretaker Committee Chairman, Dr Ita Udosen who has shamelessly been operating as though he is a domestic staff of Senator John Udoedehe.

“We unanimously reject in totality the deployment of Senator John Udoedehe’s man Friday and apologist, Mallam Shehu Sheriff from Abuja to superintend over the conduct of ward Congress in Akwa Ibom State.

“Recall that the same Shehu Sheriff was the same fellow who, on Udoedehe’s bidding, was drafted to Akwa Ibom during the APC membership revalidation exercise and his ignoble activities led to disenfranchisement of very many APC faithful in the state.

“In furtherance to their blatant impunity, the Dr Ita Udosen led APC Caretaker Committee in concert with the Shehu Sherrif delegation purported to appoint ward Congress Committee members for the conduct of the party congress with 100 per cent of the so-called Committee members drawn from Udoedehe’s campaign/support group.This is totally unacceptable

“Information is rife that premeditated results have been prepared for onward submission even when they did not conduct the party congress anywhere in the 329 wards of Akwa Ibom.

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