By; Patrick Titus, Uyo.
All Progressive Congress (APC) stalwart in Akwa Ibom state and former governorship candidate of the disbanded All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), Group Captain Sam Ewang, has described as disrespectful the recent expulsion of Senator John Akpanudoedeghe, from the APC.
Enwang who reacted on the development added that the process of collating signatories from anybody to oust Akpanudoedeghe, a former minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT) from the party was not only insulting to him (Akpanudoedeghe) but to the entire people of Akwa Ibom State.
Enwang who is the erstwhile Military Administrator of Ogun and Rivers states, spoke on Saturday before the presentation of ‘Recommendation by a four-man Peace Committee of Elders on the APC crisis in the state.’
The purported expulsion was said to have been initiated by Akpanudoedeghe ward, the chapter and the state executive council of the party.
Expressing dissension over the outcome of the meeting, Enwang revealed that the resolution was at variance with the decisions of the four member peace committee reached at Friday’s meeting.
“What we have found on Saturday as resolutions are not what we agreed upon on Friday. We agreed that the party is not working well and that the executive will need to be looked at; constitute an interim executive council. We are not doing this for any faction.
“We are doing it for the interest of Akwa Ibom because people are not looking at Akwa Ibom the way they should look at, and that is where I stand.
“And we agreed that the expulsion of John Akpanudoedeghe was not right. As a Board of Trustees member, how can you go and collect signatories from just anybody and then published it? It was insulting, not even to him as a person but to Akwa Ibom,” he said.
Akpanudoedeghe called for the dissolution of the APC’s state exco for peace to reign in the party. He also asked that five out of nine persons who have received federal appointments should resign so that they too could fill in their own candidates.
According to him, the executive positions which have been favoured to the other factions of the APC in the state were the crux of the matter.
He noted that his faction had suffered to build the party, yet all the executive positions were cornered by those who just come into the party.
Akpanudoedeghe said, “We agreed on Friday that to bring peace to this party, the state executive council must be dissolved so that we and the new people that have just come in will form the new exco that is unbiased. As there is a faction, our group recognises the other faction, so the party remains dissolved.
“And for federal appointments, the other faction took nine appointments and we asked that five of them should resign so that we can sit down and fill in our people. We suffered for the party and they came into this party to inherit the good things.
“This is the crux of the matter; the people who suffered to build this party have been relegated to the background as if those who just come into the party are more intelligent than we are.”
The four-man peace committee of elders on the APC crisis which was chaired by former Petroleum Minister Petroleum Resources, Atuekong Don Etebiet, decided that all the elders are committed to resolve all the differences in the party; resolved to be guided by the provisions of the constitution of the party with regards to composition issues.
They also decided to entrench the principle of internal democracy in the party; to mediate in the purported expulsion of Akpanudoedeghe for the interest of peace in the party.
They, however, warned against the use of thugs to frighten members or foment troubles as well as condemning abusive words traded by members of the party in news media.
Other members of the committee include Group Captain Sam Enwang; an industrialist, Mr. Sunny Jackson, and a former House of Representatives member, Mr. Emmanuel Ekpenyong.
By; Patrick Titus, Uyo.