The All Progressives Congress (APC) remains committed to the promotion of inclusive politics in various wards in the state, a chieftain of the party, Engr. Essien Udo Ibok has said.
Speaking at the formation of the Ikot Ekpene Local Government caucus of the APC at the weekend, Engr. Ibok explained that he was forced into partial retirement from politics when rascally elements hijacked his former party, the People Democratic Party (PDP) during the governorship primaries of 2015. He assured elders and stakeholders that APC will not only ensure free and fair primaries but will integrate members in all its programmes and projects.
Earlier, the APC Chapter Chairman for Ikot Ekpene, Mr. Godswill Udiong said the formation of the caucus is in response to directives from the state and national leadership of the party. He disclosed that the constitution of the caucus was based on members’ leadership contributions and wide consultations within the party. Udiong also canvassed the maximum cooperation of party members with the caucus.
On affirmation of the composition of the caucus, Obong Ifiok, Anny Asikpo nominated Engr. Ibok who was unanimously elected leader of the party caucus in Ikot Ekpene.
In his acceptance speech, Engr. Essien Ibok, a former state Chairman of the PDP pledged to “run an open door administration”. He said, “Party politics has come under severe criticism because office holders tend to run things as if they are operating their private business. In APC, we are accountable to the people. Our members must share in whatever comes to the party”.
Ibok promised to expand the caucus to accommodate more people in future and called on members to join hands in working for a better society. Present at the event were APC state caucus members, party executives and ward elders.