The Akwa Ibom State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has enthroned former governor of the state and current Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, as the widely accepted leader of the APC in the state.
Akpabio’s recognition is coming on the heels of the fact that he remains the highest office holder in the state at the federal level.
Party leaders in the state authenticated Akpabio’s nomination as the leader of the party after an extensive meeting with stakeholders in the state’s capital, Uyo, also the party criticized some of its leaders who have been seen to plant seeds of discord with the party in recent times.
The party decried the attitude of some leaders “who belong to the party in the day and hibernate with the ruling party in the state at night”, adding that such acts were not only deceitful but detrimental to the growth of the party.
Excerpts of the meeting was contained in a communiqué signed on behalf of other stakeholders by a former military administrator of Ogun and Rivers State and National caucus member of the party, Group Capt. Sam Enwang (rtd) called on the leadership of the party to work towards the advancement of the party.
The meeting settled the issue of who is the leader of the party in Akwa Ibom State, recognized and affirmed that the Honourable Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio is the leader of the All Progressives Congress in Akwa Ibom State.
“The meeting condemned the divisive gathering of factions within the party and resolved to call on all factional leaders to bury their individual interests and come under a united APC in Akwa Ibom State.
“The meeting condemned actions by some persons in leadership positions of the party who work with other political parties in the State and are currently romancing the Peoples Democratic Party, thereby engaging in anti-party activities and causing confusion among members,
Also the leaders attributed the low turnout of members in the revalidation exercise going on in the state to the lopsided distribution of materials in different areas in the state and also some sort of manipulation by some factional groups in the state chapter of the party.
The party in its resolve delegated a 10-man committee to meet with the National Caretaker Committee Chairman, Mai Mala Buni, to report and find solutions to the poorly coordinated registration and revalidation exercise in the state.