…say Akpabio is incompetent
…Akpabio Shuns APC Stakeholders Meeting
The Akwa Ibom State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has appointed Sen. John Udoedehe as the State Leader of the Party.
The appointment was made known at the Party’s stakeholder meeting on Saturday, September 27, among other resolutions.
Justifying the choice of Udoedehe, the Party maintained that Akpabio has lost the capacity to lead the Party to victory in the run up to 2023 and has not proven himself worthy enough of the Party’s trust.
They noted that the Niger Delta Minister since his assumption of duties as a Minster has not carried the Party along but is rather concerned about his loyalists alone, citing the appointment of Etekamba Umoren as his Chief of staff and others.
“Meanwhile, Sen Udoedehe has carried people along across loyalty lines ever since he was appointed as the National Secretary of the Party”, the stakeholders observed.
According to a participant of the meeting, the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Niger Delta Affairs, Sen. Ita Enang, also expressed his frustration in the Niger Delta Ministry with Akpabio whom he said has never consented to any of his project proposals, entitlements and pleasantries at public and private occasions.
He further asked the State Acting Chairman of the APC, Dr. Ita Udosen to enquire from Akpabio what he (Ita Enang) has done to warrant such level of avoidance and distancing.
Akpabio who is said to have sensed the move to dethrone him as the Party Leader, was according to another source, absent from the meeting and seen inspecting his housing projects at his Ukana home.
Meanwhile, the stakeholders of the APC among other things, resolved to work in unison for the progress of the Party and the 2023 elections.
In his remark, the Acting State Chairman had expressed that Co-operation and Collaboration amongst Leaders of the Party was key to collective success. “The Late State Chairman of our great party had consistently harped on this, calling for togetherness, unity, harmony, co-operation and collaboration amongst our leaders simply for the sake and benefits of our teeming party faithful”, he recalled, adding that the “lack of an impactful support for our members is a direct consequence of the perceived discord amongst our leaders, thus leaving our faithful in despair. They become despondent, desolate and miserable, and this eventually leads to decamping…”, he decried.
Other issues discussed were the burial of the Late Party Chairman, Mr. Okopido as well as the Late immediate past Deputy State Chairman, Elder Emmanuel Bassey Udo (aka Mandu); 2020 Local Government Elections/Pending Court Case, Federal Government Social Investments and Empowerment Programs, amongst others.