By Lovina Emole, Uyo
The State Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in Akwa Ibom State has declared a recent stakeholders meeting by some leaders of the party as illegal, null and void.
The stakeholders meeting which took place in Uyo, the state capital last Sunday, was convened by a National Caucus member of the party and former military administrator of Ogun and Rivers States, Group Capt. Sam Ewang (retd).
Far-reaching resolutions were reached at the meeting, including affirming the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, as leader of the party in the state.
Enwang had in a communique issued at the end of the meeting accused some party leaders in the state of engaging in divisive politics, alleging that some of them fraternize with the PDP in the night and come back to romance the APC during the day.
But, the caretaker chairman of the State APC, Ita Udosen on Thursday queried the legality of Enwang’s action, saying he had no constitutional powers to convoke a stakeholders’ meeting.
Udosen told a news conference at the party’s Secretariat in Uyo that as a result of the development, Ewang have been summoned to appear before the State Working Committee to explain who authorized him to hold the meeting and where he derived such powers from.
“I want to let you know that APC in Akwa Ibom is very strong and we are one, take that from me. On the issue of illegal stakeholders’ meeting convened by a two-time military administrator of Ogun and Rivers States and a founding member of APC in Akwa Ibom State, Group Capt. Sam Ewang on Sunday, I want to say that he has no powers by our constitution to had convened a stakeholders’ meeting.
“Based on this, the State Working Committee want to respectfully disagree with him. After consultations with the 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 the national level of 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 body.
“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 APC stakeholders’ meeting, solely rests on the state chairman of the party, the State Working Committee and the State Executive Council.
“After due consultations with our critical stakeholders of which he 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) insisted and went ahead and summoned a stakeholders meeting. To shock you, the attendance was very anaemic.
“Based on these I therefore declared null and void all the resolutions taken at the Stakeholders’ meeting and invite him Sam Ewang to appear and give explanation”.