By Solomon Akaniyene, Uyo
A ex Minister of State for Federal Capital Territory, Sen. John Akpanudoedeghe was on Monday expelled from the All Progressives Congress (APC) by the State Executive Committee (SEC) of the party in Akwa Ibom State.
Some of the sin of Sen. Udoedehe according to the party include, “Sponsorship of thugs and disgruntled elements on 18th January, 2017, to attack, harass, intimidate and cause grievous bodily harm on staff and executive members of the party at the State Secretariat located on No. 4 Atiku Abubarkar Avenue, Uyo, in contravention of Article 21 A (vii) of the Party’s Constitution;
“Past and most recent unauthorized publications (copies attached as annexture D) with intention to malign, ridicule, and further cause confusion and disunity within the party, thereby contravening Article 21 A (v) of the party’s constitution, etc;
This was contained in a letter addressed to the APC National Vice Chairman/Zonal Chairman South South, titled, “Expulsion of Senator John James Akpanudoedeghe.”
A letter of expulsion of Udoedeghe from the party reads: “Consequent upon the ratification of Sen John James Akpanudoedeghe’s suspension and the recommendation of his total expulsion from the party by the Uyo Chapter Executive Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC), which had emanated from his (Udoedeghe’s) earlier suspension by the Executive Committee of his Ward, that is, APC Ward 6, Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State Executive Committee wishes to state as follows:
“That whereas we had received a letter of ratification of suspension in respect to Sen. J.J. Udoedeghe dated 16th January, 2017, from the Uyo Chapter Executive Committee, signed by not less than 28 (Twenty Eight) out of 37 members of the said Exco (copy attached as annexture.”