The All Progressives Congress (APC), Northern Iman ward 2, Etinan Chapter has suspended Obong (Dr.) Friday Etuk populary known as Assur. The suspension which is contained in a letter dated November 18, 2016 is however subject to ratification by a disciplinary committee to be set up by relevant body of the party.
The letter of suspension which was signed by the Ward Chairman, Mr. Iboro Ambrose and twenty three others, comprising 18 (eighteen) Ward Executive Members and 6 (six) Unit Coordinators and elders also had the North 2 Deputy Ward Chairman, Mr. Aniekan Sunday Akpan suspended from the party.
Our Political editorial crew gathered that the suspension letter which has been served on the affected persons has had copies sent to the APC State Executive, Etinan chapter Executive, security agencies as well as political stakeholders within the party in Etinan.
The suspension letter which hinged its grounds on anti-party activities reads as follows: “we the Executive, 18 in number, and other members of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Northern Iman Ward 11, Etinan, do hereby state that after considering the activities of Dr. Friday Etuk and Mr. Aniekan Sunday Akpan and having found them to be against the party’s interest- their anti-party activities which fall in line with Article 21 A (i) (ii) (iii) (vi) (vii) of the APC Constitution, October, 2014 as amended- they are hereby suspended pending the ratification by the Chapter Executive in line with the Party’s constitution.
Our decision is sequel to the self-induced crisis and high-headedness instigated by some members of the party in the ward and spearheaded by Dr. Friday Etuk which resulted in him barring the Ward Chairman, Mr. Iboro Ambrose Etuk, from entering/ holding meeting that was supposed to be held on Sunday, 30th October, 2016 and even went further to threaten to attack the party executive and members should any meeting is held in the ward office on the premise that the property housing the ward office is his personal property and that it was given/ donated by him to the party.
“On Sunday, November 13, 2016, the said Dr. Friday Etuk and his cohorts held a meeting at the ward office and purported same to be an APC ward meeting without the consent and approval of the ward Chairman and Executive, thereby contravening the laid down procedures directed by the constitution of the party.
Consequent upon the afore stated analyses, we at a meeting held on 17th November, 2016 unanimously resolved as follows: “that Dr. Friday Etuk and his cohort, Mr. Aniekan Sunday Akpan (Vice Chairman of the ward) are hereby suspended in view of their activities having contravened Article 3, Article 7 (i), (iii), (ix), Article 9:2 (i) of the APC constitution, October 2014 as amended.
“that Dr. Friday Etuk is hereby withdrawn forthwith from representing the interest of the party at any level i.e, in the State Elders Forum, Party Caucus at all levels and any other matter whatsoever relating to the APC, pending the outcome of the disciplinary committee.
“that the All Progressives Congress (APC), Northern Iman ward 11 expresses confidence in the ability and capacity of the ward chairman, Mr. Iboro Ambrose Etuk in piloting the affairs of the party in the ward, Etinan Chapter Chairman, Rev. ( Engr.) Samuel Ukut, the State Vice Chairman and Uyo Senatorial District Chairman, Obong Uko Umoh (a.k.a Commander) and Dr. Amadu Attai-led State Executive Council of our great party for their commitment towards repositioning the APC in Etinan Local Government Area in particular and Akwa Ibom state in general”.
Commenting on the development, a stakeholder of the party in the ward who spoke in confidence, saying he was not authorized to speak on the issue, commended the ward chairman for the rare courage at striving to protect the constitution of the party. While condemning what he termed as political instability of Dr. Friday Etuk, our source noted that nobody was above the leadership of the party at any level.
“One thing we in the ward have noticed in Assur is that he does not want to respect the leadership of the party. This is the same Assur who had left the ACN then, which is what we have today as APC, and told the whole world that anybody found with broom should be treated as a thief. And today, he has returned to meet the very people he sentenced and yet he wants to behave as if the party had ceased to exist when he left. That is highly unacceptable. If the party must grow, the rules must be followed. Inconsistency should be discouraged while those who are consistent should be encouraged”, our source confided.
In a related development, the forum of APC ward Chairmen in Etinan has passed a vote of confidence on the Chapter Chairman of the party, Rev. Samuel Ukut. The ward Chairmen who made their position known recently at a meeting attended by ten out of eleven ward chairmen in Etinan, noted that their resolve to throw their weight behind the Chapter Chairman is borne out of his leadership qualities right from the era of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), up until when it metamorphosed into the present day APC.
The ward chairmen’s position which was made known by its Chair of Chair, Mr. Sampson Nkereuwem, APC ward Chairman, South 1, in a chat with newsmen immediately after their meeting also had that while some people are fond of coming in and going out of the party at will, Rev. Ukut had kept faith with the party and have been putting all effort at making sure that it progressed in the area.
While commenting on his leadership style, the grassroots politicians hinted that the Chapter Chairman believed in carrying everybody along irrespective of status which they said was an attribute of a progressives’ leader who wished to succeed.
Our correspondent who monitored the ward Chairmen’s meeting reported that it was also attended by Mr. Iboro Ambrose (Northern Iman ward 2), Godwin Rankin (North 1) and the Ward Chairman of Urban 1, Mr. Albert Macaulay.
Other ward chairmen were: Mr. Ini Michael ( Urban 5), Anthony Joseph (Urban 4), Augustine Etim (south 3), Friday Okon (South 4), Malcolm Akpan ( Urban 2) as well as Edemeka Akpabio ( South 2).