The reported suspension of 17 council caretaker committee chairmen of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Akwa Ibom State has been dismissed as a ruse and ultra vires by leaders of the party. .
TheTabloid.net gathered that on Tuesday, the State Caretaker Committee Chairman of the APC, Dr Ita Udosen announced the suspension of the chairmen for opposing credibility of the ward congresses which purportedly held last Saturday.
However, following that news, leaders of the party, in a press conference led by a national caucus member of the party, Group Captain Ewang (retd) on Tuesday evening, maintained that the state working committee had no power to suspend the chapter chairmen since the state caretaker chairman and his team had earlier been sacked by chapter chairmen.
Ewang, who is former military administrator of Rivers and Ogun states insisted that there were no ward congresses in the state, calling on President Muhammadu Buhari, Senator Godswill Akpabio, Senator Ita Enang, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma and other eminent stakeholders to rescue the party from the imminent danger staring it in face.
Their intervention, he stressed, became imperative due to desperate antics of the National Secretary of the party, Senator John Udoedehe to usurp the party structure and powers for his interest.
Ewang said, ”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.”