The internal crises rocking the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Akwa Ibom State has deepened as two factions are locked in a war of supremacy as to who controls the party.
The drums of disunity increased its intensity, Wednesday as exco members of the party loyal to the leader of the party and former Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) 2011 guber candidate, Senator John Akpan Udoedehe issued a press release to announce a formal reception for Udoedehe.
Senator Udoedehe released a lot of facts about the reality on ground this morning in an interview on Planet 101 FM, Uyo. Click below to listen!
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The release aired on television, radio, the print and online media drew the anger of the faction loyal to the 2015 APC guber candidate, Obong Umana Umana who immediately issued a fresh release calling on their members to boycott Udoedehe’s reception. On tuesday, the first jingle was aired on planet radio that party faithful should come out enmass and give their leader, Senator John Akpan Udoedehe a resounding welcome both at the airport and at a formal reception. 24 hours later, the publicity secretary of party, Mr Ita Awak also issued a press release asking members of the Party to stay away from the reception of Senator Udoedehe as the party has not sanctioned such a reception.
Few hours later, Mr Samuel Efiong also addressed as publicity secretary of the APC accused Ita Awak of being an impostor. Mr Effiong urged the members of the Party to arrive Akwa Ibom International Airport by 8am on Thursday to receive the leader of the Party in Akwa Ibom State , who he said is Senator Udoedehe . He also said on radio that Obong Umana Okon Umana is suffering from his sins, ” Umana used ill-gotten wealth to buy the Party ticket , he will continue to suffer the pains of bribing his way through, he can never be the Governor of Akwa Ibom State” Effiong fumed.
“Mr Udoedehe developed APC in the State and Umana feels he can use his loot and take over the party structure, it won’t work. His failure has just started” He added. He concluded by urging all members of the APC to jettison the warnings of Umana’s factional publicity secretary , Mr Ita Awak whom he tagged an impostor. Obong Umana Umana was declared the Governorship candidate of the APC in controversial circumstances after supporters of Chief John Udoedeghe walked out of the venue of the party primaries, citing irregularities. The latter has since approached the court seeking reliefs. Judgement is expected soon