- Ntufam Hilliard Eta is still a member of the APC
- This was the position of the Cross River state chapter of the party after rumours of a suspension
- The party said the purported suspension did not emanate from the state executive committee
The Cross River state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has denied some reports alluding to the purported suspension of Ntufam Hilliard Eta by the party exco.
The party in a statement sent to journalists by its publicity secretary, Bassey Ita, on Sunday, June 28, debunked the report.
It said the suspension reportedly signed by one Chief Francis Ekpenyong did not emanate from the state executive committee.
Part of the statement read: “For the purpose of clarification, we wish to categorically that the said letter does not emanate from the state executive committee of our party neither is there any plan whatsoever to suspend the aforementioned party leader.
“While we dissociate from the said letter or publication, we want to draw the attention of the public to the fact that the signatory to the said letter is known to be a dissident whose stock in trade is to cause mischief in the party for his commercial gains.
“The said signatory is not and has never been the secretary of our party and can be better described as an impostor.
“Ntufam Hilliard Eta's membership of our party remains intact just as he has never committed any constitutional breach that would warrant his suspension.”
The party further called on members of the public to disregard the said letter and the purported suspension.
Eta is the immediate past national vice-chairman (south-south) of the ruling party. He held sway as the party leader while Late Senator Abiola Ajimobi was hospitalised.
Although the National Working Committee of the APC has since been dissolved following a resolution by the National Executive Committee of the party, Eta remains a respected leader of the party in Cross River and beyond.
Meanwhile, the immediate past national chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has stated that one of the highlights of his reign as the party's leader was winning Kwara state.
At a news conference on Saturday, June 27 in Abuja, Oshiomhole said his greatest moment of happiness in office was effectively displacing the Saraki political dynasty in Kwara.
His words: “It does not matter what anybody wants to say, I remain proud that we were able to recover Kwara state. That was extremely important to us for reasons I need not enumerate.
“I am happy that we recovered Gombe state. Those are very strategic states.”
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