The Ibom State chapter of the All Progressives Congress on Saturday held parallel state congresses as group loyal to the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio and the other loyal to the secretary of the APC Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, James Akpanudoedehe held two congresses.
Akpabio group conducted its congress at the Kara Event Centre along Stadium Road, the Senator Udoedeghe-led group elected its officials at Sheer Grace Centre, Uyo the state capital.
Speaking during the congress held at Kara Event Centre, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Ita Enang, said, however, that the different congresses are working for the interest of the party.
He said people must always disagree to agree amongst themselves, adding that at the end of the day, APC would be positioned to take over the Hilltop Mansion House in 2023.
“I have seen other congresses going on, all are working for the APC. People must always disagree to agree but the most important thing is that we are all working for the party,” he said.
Akpabio, in his remarks, called on party faithful not to look at the disagreement among the leaders of the party, assuring that such disagreements would be settled at a round table.
He promised to work towards ensuring unity among the different party leaders in the state in order to position the party to take over power in 2023
He said, “Do not look at the disagreement of the elders, because every war, whether First World War or Second World War, was settled at the round table and many of you will not be there when the war will be settled.
“But one thing is sure, I brought the message of peace. Now you are wrestling power from a sitting government, don’t take it for granted, it’s not a tea party, no single group can do it alone, we must do it together. But one thing we can resolve is, never again shall we be in opposition in 2023 and we should be wise in electing who will lead us.”