Ntufam Hilliard Eta, the suspended acting National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has declared he is still acting chairman of the party.
Eta, who spoke during an interview held in his Calabar residence, said the purported suspension holds no water.
Eta was allegedly suspended from the party after its National Executive Committee meeting held at the Presidential Villa in late 2020 following his inability to withdraw all law cases against the party.
During the interview, he said: “The meeting that purportedly took the decision to suspend me was very strange to the APC constitution.
“As a senior member of the party, I am aware of how meetings are convened and conducted. I remember vividly that it was one Chief Victor Giadom, a deputy national secretary, who had convened the meeting which purportedly suspended me.
“Check the constitution, does he have such power to convene the meeting or let alone suspend me?
“That meeting and purported suspension are null and void and of no effect.
“Be that as it may, the matter is before the court. The judiciary is key. It will help us resolve it,” he said.
“In a democracy, there are processes for conflict resolution. I encourage all not to resort to self-help but to seek redress and intervention of the judiciary.”
He added: “I am a national officer of APC. Check our Constitution you will see how national officers are sanctioned. Even if the party was to suspend or expel an ordinary member there are processes let alone a national officer,”