There is currently tension within the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, in Akwa Ibom State, over who gets what in the second term cabinet of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Chieftains of the party are at loggerheads, specifically over the Ministerial appointment due to the State. While former Governor, Godswill Akpabio, and the party Leadership in the State, are on one side, Elders and prominent Chieftains of the Akwa Ibom APC, are in another camp.
The situation has further polarised the party, which has already been weakened by the monumental defeat it suffered in the hands of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, during the 2019 general elections.
Meanwhile, the APC Leaders in Akwa Ibom State, wrote a protest letter to Buhari, rejecting the listing of Akpabio for Ministerial appointment.
It was gathered that Akpabio has been tipped to emerge as the Minister Petroleum.
The APC Leaders, said that such appointment is an invitation to crisis in the State, stressing that, the poor performance of the APC in Akwa Ibom State, in the last general elections, was largely due to the destabilising and authoritarian tendencies of Akpabio.
Reacting, the Akwa Ibom State Working Committee of the APC in a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Nkereuwem Enyongekere, stated that the group is not known to the party in the State.
Part of the statement reads: “The party warns such non-existent group claiming to be an affiliate of APC in the State, to desist forthwith from such engagement, as there is no provision in the APC constitution that grants such power(s) to anyone or group, to dabble into the function which is solely the prerogative of the State Working Committee of the APC, in Akwa Ibom.”
Meanwhile, the outgoing Ministers and State Governors of the APC, are said to be intensifying their battle of wits, to make their way into the next cabinet of President Buhari.
Many of the Ministers are keen to return, even as some of the outgoing Governors who want to move to the Federal level, are also making political moves to get into the cabinet.