All Progressive Congress, APC, has constituted a panel to investigate alleged mismanagement of funds levelled against the party leadership in Cross River.
The party has been embroiled in crisis for some time with the state executive committee of the party accused of financial impropriety.
Members of the party had on Monday passed a vote of no confidence on the state executive committee of the party over alleged misappropriation of campaign funds.
The aggrieved APC members alleged that the party would have fared better during the just concluded general elections if funds sent to the state were judiciously managed.
In a petition sent to the national secretariat of the party, the APC loyalists called for the immediate dissolution of the party executive committee in the state to ‘allow for a dispassionate investigation of the allegations.
They also want the national leadership of the party to recover the ‘squandered’ campaign funds from the embattled state executive committee of the party.
Following series of protests, the state chairman of the party, Pastor Usani Usani has been summoned to appear before an investigative panel headed by Barrister Davidson Oputteh.
The letter personally signed by Barrister Oputteh directed the state chairman of the party ‘to appear and defend yourself of the various allegations levelled against you.’
An APC chieftain in the state, Barrister Eyo Nsa Ekpo told Nigeria Pilot Saturday that the agitation for the sack of the Pastor Usani led Exco was taken by APC stakeholders across the state.
Barrister Ekpo disclosed that the removal of the party chairman and his ‘cohorts’ will save APC in Cross River from ‘extinction.’
The Calabar based legal practitioner called for the immediate suspension of the party chairman to allow for independent investigations of the allegations levelled against him, alleging that he may interfere with the investigations if allowed to remain in office.
The state APC chairman could however not be reached for comments as at the time of filing this report.

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