Akwa Ibom APC group tackles crisis in party
Ahead of the 2023 general elections, Akwa Ibom APC Alliance (AAA) has inaugurated an interim committee to pilot the affairs of the All Progressives Congress in the state.
Inauguration of an interim committee that is neutral, the group said, became necessary following the leadership crisis rocking the party in the state, where there are divergent interests and leadership.
In a statement read by the Publicity Secretary of AAA, Captain Effiong, during stakeholders meeting on Wednesday in Uyo, the group said it would no longer keep quiet and allow the party be destroyed by self-serving persons.
The group recalled that it was same leadership crisis that made the APC suffer defeat in 2015 and 2019 elections, saying it would not wait for same to be repeated in 2023 elections.
It further recalled that in attempt to make peace in the party, an APC reconciliation committee from Abuja visited all the leaders and groups for peace to reign, yet some leaders refused to work together for the party’s victory in 2023.
The statement reads: “We have watched with dismay the way and manner APC in Akwa Ibom State is managed, it is time for us to all rise and say No to bad leadership, confusion in the party.
“After wide consultations and discussions with members of our party, APC support groups and others for the way forward, we have all agreed that the APC in Akwa Ibom State should be administered by an interim committee devoid of any member of the four APC factions in the state. This will give us strength, love, unity, peace progress and the needed strength to go for victory in 2023 elections.”
Larry Esin, an engineer, who was the gubernatorial standard bearer of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) in 2011, emerged as the leader of AAA in the state, while Ime Mbom (also an engineer) emerged as the chairman of the committee.