APC threatens to expel Ita Toyo for visiting Udom
*May be denied NDDC contract
*I didn’t go for money but for Oron interest, Total Chair begs Party
Attempts by an APC chieftain and former state chairman of PDP Arch.OTU ITA TOYO to display statesmanship by accompanying members of Oron Union to pay a thank you visit to Governor UDOM EMMANUEL must have landed him in deep trouble with the leader s of the party in the state
THE INK Scooped from very reliable sources in the State APC secretariat located along Atiku Abubakar way that the state leadership of APC sees Ita Toyo popularly known as total chair as a betrayer, a sell out and a man who appears to begin a fraternity with Governor UDOM EMMANUEL for financial benefits.
Our reporter gathered that some top notches in the All Progressive Congress have viewed the visit by Toyo as a falling of the ideals of the APC in the state which says that Udom Emmanuel should never be appreciated.
Sources in the Akwa Ibom opposition party told our news reporter that Toyo was however called on phone from many of the leaders of the party and questioned on why he had to identify with Governor Udom Emmanuel and the PDP.
Corroborating the position of sources in the party, those close to Toyo informed that ever since the ex PDP boss visited Udom with members of Oron Union, that he has received so much calls from concerned party members who are querying the rationale behind such visitation.
He added also that explanations given by Toyo appear to have fallen on deaf ears as callers from the APC leadership have since refused to see reasons with the party chieftain.
According to one source, my brother, ever since total chair accompanied Oro union to see the Governor on a thank you visit for appointing Ekuwem as SSG, things have not been the same again. My oga have been receiving calls here and there and his explanations that he went under the umbrella body of Oro union do not sit comfortably with the Callers.
I think they feel Total Chair have other plans against the APC. And most times when oga speaks, he will be begging saying it is not what you insinuate.
THE INK can authoritatively report also that Otu Ita Toyo himself seem to be having sleepless nights explaining points to his party members. It was revealed to our reporter that a certain contract the NDDC promised to give to Toyo may be denied the Oronian.
This realization had added more pressure on the ever vibrant Oronian who himself had admitted the pressure he had been subjected to for joining members of Oro union on a thank you visit to the Akwa Ibom State Governor for appointing Emmanuel Ekuwen as the Secretary to State Government.
Further investigations reveal that the State Chairman and Secretary of the APC Amadu Atai and Effiong Etok respectively may have been directed by the controllers of the party in the state to direct the ward of Otu Ita Toyo to begin the process of setting up disciplinary measures against the party chieftain.
THE INK understands that if any disciplinary committee is set up, that it will be a cosmetic one whose recommendations is already known. And which is to recommend Toyo for either suspension or expulsion from the party.
Sources close to Toyo in an alarm raised said that if the party nicodemisly sets up a committee, they know for sure that a stubborn Toyo may not wish to honour an invitation from an illegal committee who will then nominate Toyo for expulsion or suspension.
Political watchers say, it is a way of cutting Toyo to size and blackmailing him into accepting what he should not.
Toyo himself is in the know of what lies in wait for him and have since made moves that he feels will give him a soft landing in the eyes and faces of his oppressors.
In an apology note written by the party chieftain, Toyo had taken time to explain why he joined his kiths and kins to visit the governor. The note which is titled why the red berets invaded Hiltop mansion seeks to give justification to his visit to the Hiltop mansion.
He however added an epistle to those it may concern that anyone who intends to read a political meaning into his meeting with the Governor is being economical with sincerity and development cum prosperity and development of Oro nation nay Akwa Ibomi State.
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The write up done by Toyo explained further that Oron Union in a show of appreciation to the Governor had invaded the Hiltop mansion fully kitted to go tell Udom thank you for appointing Emmanuel Ekuwem as SSG and nothing more or nothing less.
But whether this explanation will assuage the feelings of APC top brass in Akwa Ibom State or not remains to be seen even as Amadu Atai factional Chairman of APC recognized by Otu ItaToyo in an interaction with the factional state publicity secretary of the party Barr Edet Eyo Bassey had insisted that Toyo must be made to suffer the brunt of his negligence of the party rules.
They said that Total chair must be dealt with to act as a deterrent to others saying APC thrives on discipline.