A’Ibom APC summons national caucus member over illegal meeting
By Theresa Ukpong, uyo
The Akwa Ibom State Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress has summoned the National Caucus member of the party, Sam Ewang to appear before it over what it called illegal Stakeholders’ meeting.
Ewang, a former military administrator of Ogun and Rivers State had on Sunday March 28,2021 convened stakeholders meeting which took far-reaching resolutions including affirming the Minister of the Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, as the leader of the party in the state.
Akpabio and some others party stalwarts were in attendance at that meeting which held at the Vimpy Event Centre, Udo Udoma, Uyo Akwa Ibom state.
In a communique which was issued and signed by Ewang, the said stakeholders meeting condemned the divisive politics of party leaders who hibernate with the PDP in the night and come back to romance with the APC in the day.
But addressing a media conference on Wednesday the State Chairman of APC, Dr. Ita Udosen declared all the resolutions of the Sam Ewang led stakeholders meeting null and void and summon him to appear before the state working committee of the party.
“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 according to our party constitution the BoT member said he has power to convene a stakeholders’ meeting.
“But base 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.
“Base 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” he said.