Godswill Akpabio decamped to the ruling APC in 2018
Former Governor of Akwa Ibom State and current Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, has been ousted as the leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC party in the State.
Recall that Senator Akpabio became the party’s leader upon his defection from the then ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP where he held sway for eight years as Governor.
This APC Akwa Ibom state made the announcement at its second stakeholders meeting in Uyo, per Sun.
Legit quoted Ita Udosen, the state caretaker committee chair, as saying that the state leadership status conferred on Akpabio by a faction of the party has been formally nullified.
The national daily, Vanguard also reported that the chapter in a communique explained that going by its constitution, the state chairman is the head of the party caucus in the state.
The party noted that it is therefore a violation of its constitution for any faction to confer leadership status on Akpabio.
“That the Party hereby reminds every member and the general public that the State Chairman (or Caretaker Chairman as applicable here) is the Chairman of the State Caucus as provided for in Article 12.9 Sub (i) of the party Constitution (October 2014 As Amended) and remains the Party Leader in the State until further notice,” the party said in the communique.
Members of the chapter similarly declared all-party factional leaderships at different stakeholders’ meetings null and void as a means of bringing peace and sanity to the party ahead of 2023 general elections.