Tuesday April 20, 2021 8:39 AM

Schism hits Akwa-Ibom APC over alleged illegal stakeholders meeting

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Akwa Ibom State has summoned a Board of Trustees (BOT) member, Group Captain Sam Ewang (retd) for having  ‘an illegal’ stakeholders’ meeting.

Ewang is to appear before the APC State Working Committee (SWC) to give explanation on why he convened the meeting where Senator Godswill Akpabio, was declared leader of the APC.

Speaking to reporters, the party chairman, Dr Ita Udosen, said that a meeting of the SWC presided over by him in Uyo that Ewang had no powers to convene a stakeholders meeting of the party.

Udosen said: “Looking at the party’s 2014 constitution as amended, precisely Article 25, page 89, Ewang had no legal right to convene a meeting outside the authority of the party chairman as well as State working Committee.

“On the issue of illegal stakeholders’ meeting convened by a former Governor of Ogun and Rivers States and a founding member of APC in Akwa Ibom State, His Excellency Sam Ewang, he (Ewang) quoted a section of the party’s constitution declaring himself as the BoT member and said he has power to convene a stakeholders’ meeting.

“Based on this, the State Working Committee wants to respectfully disagree with His Excellency. After consultations with the ligal 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 in 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 chairman.

“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 it APC stakeholders’ meeting, is solely rest on the state chairman of the party, the State Working Committee and the State Executive Council.

Acccording to him, at the close of the party’s registration and revalidation, the state has recorded over 700,000 membership, adding that the state might be first to submit it at the national secretariat.

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