C’River APC crisis deepens with charges of anti-party activities

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The   All Progressives Congress (APC) in Cross River State has accused the senator representing Central Senatorial District of the state, John Owan-Enoh, of engaging in anti-party activities, asking the national leadership of the party to take punitive action against him.

Francis Ekpenyong, state secretary of APC, made the allegation while addressing journalists in Calabar called on the senator to give reasons why he was fraternizing with the Mathew Achigbe-led EXCO or face disciplinary action.

“We the state executive committee/stakeholders of APC in Cross River State also demand that Sen. John Owan-Enoh should within seven days from the date of this statement, explain in writing why he persistently organize anti-party activities in the state by recognizing Dr. Achigbe-led exco,” he said.

He added: “The purported Mathew Achigbe Exco has no authority, neither do they have powers to pronounce, enforce any decision of the party in Cross River State by virtue of the Abuja High Court order of 8th of August, 16th of August, and 20th of September 2018.”

Ekpenyong alleged that there were plans by the Achigbe leadership to suspend the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, and warned that any such action would be declared null and void because of an order of the court in their favour.

He went on: “John Etim-led exco is aware that the National Vice Chairman South South, Huilliard Etta’s scheme to sponsor the suspension of Usani Uguru Usani.  Such action will be illegal, non-existent and void before it is pronounced.

Apart from Owan-Enoh, the Minister’s group suspended the chairman of the mainstream faction, (Mathew Achigbe) and the secretary (Victor Ebong) for opening a parallel office, claiming that the John Etim-led faction was the authentic party.

While appealing for the cooperation of members of the public while the issues are being sorted out, Ekpenyong said he has filed a case against the Achigbe faction and was optimistic that every issue would be resolved in his favour.