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Campaigns against Akpabio are aimed at causing disaffection in our party – A’Ibom APC

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Campaigns against Akpabio are aimed at causing disaffection in our party - A’Ibom APC

The All Progressives Congress, APC, in Akwa Ibom has distanced itself from a group, Ibom Integrity, and Servant Leadership Culture Initiative, which had protested the listing of Senator Godswill Akpabio for ministerial appointment.

The group had written a letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, claiming that appointing Akpabio may be counterproductive.

According to them, the poor representation of APC in Akwa Ibom State in the last general election was largely as a result of the destabilising and authoritarian tendencies of Akpabio

However, the state publicity secretary of the APC, Nkereuwem Enyongekere, in a statement on Tuesday, said the group of so-called elders is not known to the party.

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“The State working Committee of the APC, Akwa Ibom State has observed with utter dismay one faceless Elders’ group- Ibom Integrity & Servant Leadership Culture Initiative, parading and arrogating to itself the power of condemnation and recommendation as quite worrisome, embarrassing and unacceptable.

“We hereby confirm that the self-acclaimed leader of the group, Asuquo Edidem Etim is a disclaimer and not APC member and we have no such group in our APC groups’ Registration Register in Akwa Ibom State.

“And the Party condemns in totality, the disparaging campaign against our very endearing son, Sen. Godswill Akpabio as evil fireworks meant to generate bad blood and disaffection in our party in this trying time.

“Accordingly, the party warns such non-existent group claiming to be an affiliate of APC in the State to desist forthwith from such nefarious engagement as there is no provision in the APC constitution that grants such power (s) to anyone or group to dabble into the function which is solely the prerogative of the State Working Committee (SWC) of APC in Akwa Ibom State”, Enyongekere said.

The APC in the state maintained that such letters of condemnation and recommendation stand annulled with immediate effect.

“On the weight of this release, President Muhammadu Buhari, APC National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshomole, the Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, Chief of Staff to the President, Mr Abba Kyary and the general public are hereby advised to discountenance any such correspondence (s) as it is not from Akwa Ibom State Secretariat”, the statement maintained

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