Mr. Udoedehe has been in a longstanding feud with other party leaders in the state since he was beaten by Umana Umana at the party's governorship primaries in 2015.
Mr. Udoedehe is insisting that he was rigged out of the primaries.He has refused to accept a former minister of petroleum, Don Etiebet, as the leader of the party caucus in the state, and has also put up adverts in local papers proclaiming the “dissolution” of the party leadership in the state.
The APC Chairman in the state, Amadu Attai, told journalists, Friday, in Uyo that Mr. Udoedehe stands expelled and excommunicated from the party.
“As the majority of you here may undoubtedly be aware of, there have been of late attempts by some riff-raffs and characters unknown to our Party to misleadthe general public to think that there is (a) crisis in the Akwa Ibom State chapter of ourgreat Party,” Mr. Attai said.
“The Amadu Attai-led State Executive of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Akwa Ibom State with its secretariat at No.4 Atiku Abubakar Avenue, Uyo, is intact.
Indeed, it remains the one and only Exco of our Party that has been carrying out its official functions.
“We call on all our members and teeming supporters of our great Party in the State, and, indeed, the general public to totally disregard the false reports and the rumourspeddled by some uninformed rascals and disgruntled elements who call themselves 'forum of state officers, chapter executives and ward executives'.
The former senator told PREMIUM TIMES that the APC at his ward, Ward 6, Uyo, did not expel him.
“Those names and signatures are completely fake,” he said.He accused the MD, Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Nsima Ekere, of manipulating the party against himbecause he (Mr. Ekere) wants to contest forthe governorship in 2019.“He (Mr. Ekere) bribed the party members tosign documents against me,” Mr. Udoedehesaid.
“I am not accusing Umana this time around. I'm saying it is Nsima that did it. Let him come out and defend himself.“My ward chairman's name is Monday Utuk.My chapter chairman is Emmanuel Andy. Everybody knows that.“I have told the party at the national that 'it's like you are tying my hands to allow my enemies to box me'.“If people were in the PDP when we formed the party, and because they have money they throw their morals into the gutter.
Premium Times also disclosed that Mr. Ekere did not respond to telephone calls and text message.