Ita Enang, a former adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari, has reacted to his expulsion from Congress of all progressives (APC).
A letter, dated 24 January 2023, from Akwa Ibom State APC Chairman Stephen Ntukekpo said Enang was expelled from the APC for taking the party to court over his ambition to be its gubernatorial candidate for the 2023 elections. in the state.
In the letter addressed to the president of APC in Mr. Enang’s ward in Ibiono Ibom local government area of Akwa Ibom state, Mr. Ntukekpo said that the APC State Work Committee made the decision against Mr. Enang based on a petition against the former presidential aide.
A Federal High Court in Uyo in November last year annulled the APC gubernatorial primary in Akwa Ibom following a lawsuit brought by Mr. Enang.
The court, which ruled that the party’s gubernatorial candidate, Akanimo Udofia, was not a member of the APC, ordered the party to organize a new primary in which the court barred Mr. Udofia from participating.
The Abuja Court of Appeal recently reversed the judgment in favor of Mr. Udofia.
The APC accused Mr. Enang of secretly working for the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in Akwa Ibom.
Enang, in a message he personally shared on some WhatsApp groups on Wednesday, said the news of his expulsion was false. This is despite the fact that the president of APC in Akwa Ibom, Mr. Ntukekpo, confirmed to PREMIUM TIMES that the expulsion letter was genuine.
The former presidential aide called on APC members to ignore the news of his expulsion “and continue to work with me and all other party leaders and members for the Party’s success in all elections.”
He called on APC members in Akwa Ibom to cooperate and work together for the success of the APC presidential rally on January 30 in Uyo.
President Buhari and APC presidential candidate Bola Tinubu are expected to attend the rally.
“We should focus on mobilizing for the demonstration and not be distracted by irrelevancies,” Enang said.