2019: Abak APC Leaders Denounce Zoning, Says its Unconstitutional
• We did not Reject Ekon – LGA Party Chairman
Contrary to a publication trending in the media on a purported zoning or rotation arrangement, the leaders and stakeholders of APC in Abak Local Government Chapter have described such as unconstitutional and a figment of the author’s imagination.
In a communique signed and made available to Akwa Ibom INFO, the Leaders and Stakeholders of Abak APC Chapter condemn strongly, the clandestine zoning, indiscriminate rotation and indirect “anointments” of certain aspirants in the party without due processes and insisted on a level playing field for all APC aspirants in all positions to test their popularity at the ballots.
A COMMUNIQUE ISSUED BY THE LEADERS AND STAKEHOLDERS OF THE ALL PROGESSIVES CONGRESS, ABAK LOCAL GOVERNMENT CHAPTER
Our attention has been drawn to a publication credited to certain political merchants, we are compelled to respond to these actions and utterances which we consider inimical to the unity of our great party and the overall stability of Abak/Etim Ekpo/Ika Federal Constituency. We therefore rise to declare that:
We are the duly elected officers and stakeholders of the All Progressives Congress, Abak Chapter, charged with the responsibility of administering the affairs of the party in line with the regulations and constitution of our party,
We have carefully followed the half-truths, mischief about a non-existent rotation arrangement and purported rejection of the lawmaker representing Abak/Etim Ekpo/Ika Federal Constituency by some elements whose primitive penchant remains the handling of lies and distortions to fit their narrow political narrative. We wish to state unequivocally that such petty assertions in question did not emanate from Abak APC Leaders and remains therefore, a mere figment of the author’s imaginations,
As leaders and stakeholders rooted in democracy and the values of our great party, we respect the wish of any aspirant to their democratic choice to stand in a free and fair elections both at the party primaries or general elections but shall never be a party to electoral monkey tricks, left alone the rejection of our son and experienced lawmaker like Rt. Hon. Emmanuel Ekon, whose defection alongside Distinguished Senator Godswill Akpabio and other prominent leaders has strengthened and repositioned our party for electoral victory,
We debunk the attempt by these political actors and hereby re-affirm that there is no such thing as zoning or rotation in APC, a positioned reiterated recently by our State Caucus Chairman, Atuekong Don Etiebiet. We also condemn in strongest terms, what we consider a grand plot to humiliate eminent political leaders through a deliberate concoction of unwarranted propaganda and by large, the undue intimidation, threat and harassment meted-out to party stalwarts and supporters of certain aspirants in the build-up to the forthcoming party primaries,
We have also noticed serial efforts by a few desperate politicians to arrogate undeserving powers in pursuit of their petty political narrative and to promote parochial interest, demonstrating utter disregard for our party and disallow some aspirants from consulting party leaders particularly, as it regards the re-election bid of lawmakers, which does not breach any known democratic norm enshrined in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,
We believe that the 2019 contest would be won on the basis of a superior program of action; upon parade of superior will, competence, knowledge, exposure and experience; in good conscience driven by godly principles and upon the endorsement and support of the people. It will neither be won through intimidation, shortcuts nor reliance on few self-seeking personalities,
We wish to insist that natural justice, equity, fair play and democratic norms must take their natural course as we step closer to the APC primaries and subsequently, the elections thereof. We equally demand a level playing field for all APC aspirants in all positions to test their popularity at the ballots,
We condemn strongly, the clandestine zoning, indiscriminate rotation and indirect “anointments” of certain aspirants in the party without due processes and without any regard to laid down procedures and respect for party leadership and discipline,
We are fully aware that the desperations are just emerging and as events unfold, these characters will clearly adopt further mischief to advance this nefarious project. It is on this basis that we condemn this very unpatriotic, selfishly patronizing posture of the declarants. No amount of white wash or media propaganda of a few protagonists can change the resolve of the masses and mainstream politicians whose interests is that of the larger society from sending these characters where they belong; the dungeon of history.
Present at the meeting were LGA Party Chairman, Mr. Mfon Ukpe, Prince Uwemedimo Essien, Obong Ofonime George, Prince Akaninyene Kennedy, Hon. Augustine Edem, Hon. Godwin Mense Umonyem, Bernice Umoh, Saviour Emmanuel Ibanga; LGA Chapter Women Leader, Mrs Glory Effiong Umanah, all Ward Leaders and stakeholders of Abak APC Chapter.