The All Progressives Congress (APC), Nigeria’s ruling party, has appointed Dr Ita Udosen, as the acting state chairman following the death of Ini Okopido.
Naija News had reported earlier that the Akwa Ibom APC Chairman died in the early hours of Wednesday at the Ibom Multispecialty Hospital (IBH), Uyo. The Akwa Ibom APC Chairman died of multiple organ failure.
“Yes, our state chairman is dead. In fact the entire APC family in the state is in deep mourning. It is a big blow to our party at all levels.
“We commiserate with his wife and children over this irreplaceable loss,” a source said about the death of the APC Chairman.
Naija News had reported that APC mourned the death of its State chairman in Akwa Ibom, Ini Okopido. Reacting Okopido’s death, APC said it late chairman was a critical partner in the ongoing reconciliation and repositioning efforts being undertaken by the Caretaker/Extra-ordinary National Convention Planning Committee led Governor Mai Mala Buni.
The ruling party stated this in a condolence statement issued on Wednesday by its Spokesman, Yekini Nabena. The spokesman said the party has “lost a fine gentleman and grassroots politician who was at the forefront of mainstreaming the APC as the party of choice in Akwa Ibom State.”
However, 24-hours after Ini Okopido’s death, APC in a statement issued by the Akwa Ibom APC Publicity Secretary of APC, Nkereuwem Enyongekere, in Uyo on Thursday, announced Udosen’s appointment.
The statement said: “Following the sudden, sad and devastating transition of our Chairman, Late Ini Okopido on Aug. 5, 2020, the State Working Committee (SWC), of our party met in an emergency session at the state party secretariat and resolved as follows: “That based on Article 14.2 Section iii of the Party’s Constitution, the Deputy Chairman of the Party, Dr Ita Udosen, should hereby assume the position of the Acting Chairman henceforth.
“With the said resolution of the SWC today, Aug. 6, 2020, Dr Ita Udosen, the State Deputy Chairman is hereby appointed the Acting State Chairman effective Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020,” it said.