*Wants state APC executive dissolved or he will kill
*Says this is Uyo, Etiebet cannot do him anything
*I’m a big boy. Etiebet has been a minister, I’ve also been a minister – Udoedehe
By Gideon Ekere
- In what seemed like a civil war, the former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Senator John James Akpan Udoedehe last Saturday stormed the residence of the former Minister of Petroleum, Chief Don Etiebet with some thugs, miscreants and artisans causing panic everywhere.
Chief Don Etiebet, Capt. Sam Ewang, Senator Udoedehe, Chief Sunny Jackson and Hon. Emmanuel Ekpenyong had the previous Friday met at Capt. Ewang’s residence in Uyo where they had shielded their sword and promised to work together for the interest of the party in the state.
In a follow up of the said meeting, a press conference was scheduled for last Saturday, 18th February, at the residence of Chief Etiebet. At the Press conference, Udoedehe objected to the earlier agreement, insisting that the state leadership of the All Progressives Congress, APC be dissolved or he will not be part of the meeting. Udoedehe, who went to the meeting with thugs, immediately changed the atmosphere to that of a civil, threatening to kill anyone if the executive of the state APC was not going to be changed.
In the peace meeting at Sam Ewang’s residence, it was agreed that:
“That all the elders are committed to resolve all differences in the party amongst all its members, to be united and with total sincerity of purpose to work together to ensure the victory of APC in Akwa Ibom state in all elections.
“That the elders resolved to be guided by the provisions of the constitution of the party in resolving any issues regarding the composition of the state executive committee and other organs of the party in the state.
“That the elders noted the complaints of some members of the party on the federal appointments from the state so far, that the interest of all the legacy parties in the formation of APC was not taken into consideration and they demanded that their interest should be considered as priority in subsequent appointments.
“That the principle of internal democracy must be adopted and adhered to earnestly in the process of nominating party candidates for any elections in the state as imposition shall not be tolerated.
“That the elders noted the purported expulsion of Senator John James Akpanudoedeghe from his ward, the chapter and state excos of the party and resolved to intervene in the spirit of reconciliation as agreed by the elders in the interest of peace, unity and objectives of the party in the state.
“That the elders frowned at the use of violence and the introduction of thuggry into politics and party activities in the state and warned that henceforth such actions shall not be condoned and advised any aggrieved member to exhaust all constitutional means of the party in resolving his/her grievances.
“That the elders also condemned all the newspaper and social media vituperations and foul language of some aggrieved members against party leaders and advised members to accord due respect to their leaders and warned that such behaviours and any anti-party activities shall not be tolerated in future.
“That these recommendations be presented to the enlarged state caucus of the party for consideration.”
Our reporter who was present at the Saturday meeting at Etiebet residence reported that immediately when the recommendations were to be read to newsmen, Udoedehe objected, saying that Etiebet was about to read a different thing to pressmen.
According to Udoedehe, “This is Uyo, Etiebet cannot do me anything. And Idon’t think he’s above me in anything. He has been a Minister, I have also been a minister. We agreed that the state executive of the party be dissolved and he accepted. Now, he’s coming to read a different thing. I cannot be part of this meeting,” he said.
responding to his accusations, Etiebet said, “How will I order for the dissolution of the state executive without the consent of the South-South and the national body. I don’t have such powers. We only came here to make peace and not to dissolve party executive.”
Capt. Sam Ewang, a two time governorship candidate of the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP in Akwa Ibom State who also present at the meeting rejected the said recommendations, saying that it did not speak the true position of their earlier meeting in his (Ewang) house.
Also speaking, a former member of the House of Representatives, representing Uyo Federal Constituency, Hom. Emmanuel Ekpenyong alsio condemned the said recommendations, describing it anti-democratic.
Our reporter gathered that Senator Udoedehe, Capt. Enwang and Hon. Ekpenyong belong to the same political ideology who want the present executive of the All Progressives Congress, APC dissolved.
The meeting, however ended in fiasco because of Udoedehe who decided to walk-out from other members of the party as well as his boys disrupting the peaceful gathering.
Present at the meeting was the political leader of Etinan local government area, Otuekong Sunny Jackson, amongst others.