By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
Immediate past Secretary of All Progressive Congress (APC) Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), John James Akpanudoedehe, has asked recently sworn in APC Akwa Ikom chairman to stop parading himself as the authentic chairman of the party in the state.
A court document obtained by journalists at the APC Secretariat, which was addressed to the new APC chairman, Abdullahi Adamu by Akpanudoedehe lawyer’s, Tawo Tawo in abuja said the attendance to today’s NEC meeting of the party by the Stephen Leo Ntukekpo parading himself as the Akwa Ibom State Executive Chairman of the party shall constitute a further serial breach and or noncompliance with the extant order of the Court of Appeal.
In the document, Akpanudoedehe claimed that the Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja made an Order on the 7th of April, 2022 directing that the status quo be maintained with regards to the judgment of the trial Court, pending the determination of the extant Motion for Stay of Execution, as well as the Motion challenging the jurisdiction of the court to entertain the appeal.
“We therefore advise against admitting him into the NEC meeting as doing otherwise would constitute a further noncompliance and total disregard to the extant orders of the Court of Appeal. Be warned”, the lawyers warned.
A Court case filed by the lawyers to the ex APC National Secretary said it further gathered from him that in spite of the order, the 1st Respondent (Mr. Stephen Leo Ntukekpo) presented himself to the party to be sworn in as the Akwa Ibom State Chairman of the party and was obliged by the party.
He said this was done despite the fact that both Stephen Leo Ntukekpo and AkpanUdoedehe are still in Court over the authentic chairman of the party at the state level.