Effiong Etok Ph.D; DG, Akwa Ibom APC Foundation

By our Correspondent, Uyo

Dr. Effiong Etok, State Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Akwa Ibom State Chapter, said they may be forced to ‘explore options’ available, should the temporary suspension of their court case to give room for dialogue, was taken for granted.

Etok, popularly called Charles Taylor, who stated this on Saturday at the Amazing Grace e-Center, Obio Imoh Street, Uyo, in a chat with theprofilenews.com, shortly after the botched meeting of the Akwa Ibom State Caucus of the APC, also noted that any attempt to publish another Ward and Chapter Executives’ list, except the one earlier transmitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, amounted to heating up the already tensed polity.

He clarified that the Wards and Chapters’ congresses held across the state on the 5th and 12th of May this year as directed by the National Headquarters of the party, were duly observed by the INEC and relevant security agencies, adding that they all got the results of the exercise on the field while they also had issued certificates acknowledging receipts of the results as were formally transmitted to them by the party.

The APC State Scribe, who was reacting to questions on his reported withdrawal of the court case which had resulted from what he described as ‘supposed State Congress’ held on May 19, also confirmed that the court action, which also involved other aggrieved members of the State Executive, was only temporarily suspended to give room for out of court settlement.

“It is true that the case was temporarily suspended for options, one of which is to resolve the issues which arose from the supposed State Congress that should have taken place on May 19. We were advised by Distinguished Senator Godswill Akpabio, the Party’s Leader, to suspend the court case while other ways are explored to settle the matter out of court. But if there is any attempt by those who are bent on killing the party before next year’s elections, to take us for granted, then we will return to trenches”.

On the Ward and Chapter exco lists, Etok, holder of Doctorate degree in Comparative Politics, University of Uyo said: “Anyone who wishes the party well come 2019 knows the grave implication of publishing any fake list or using same during the forthcoming primaries. INEC and security agencies had observed the exercises and did their report. They all got their results instantly from the field. They have also released to us acknowledgement of receipts upon receiving the congresses results which we latter transmitted to them formally. So any other conjecture will amount to heating up the already tensed polity.

“The two congresses, that is to say, Wards and Chapters, had since been concluded over three months ago, and results released”, adding “so how can you talk about new results now?”.

Answering questions on the much touted ‘2014 list’, he said: “Well, that has nothing to do with the national directives as per congress guidelines. However, the 2014 list template proposed by the elders and its application must be in a way that does not conflict with the party congress guidelines. But if I may ask ‘was the 2014 list template only applicable to wards and chapters; what about the State executives? Were they not part of the 2014’?

This is absolutely funny because that will amount to using two rules in a single game. But it is further pertinent to inform them and the general public that in the 2014 list as emphasized, some of them have died; some had left the party; some have criminal cases; while some of them were working against the APC publicly on the pages of newspapers, supporting other parties. Yet, most of them who remained faithful with the party also emerged during the Wards and Chapter congresses and we had submitted their names to the relevant quarters. So what are we talking about now?”