Nigeria, April 13 -- Some chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Akwa Ibom State have rejected the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, as their political leader in the state.

Ahead of the 2023 general elections, the APC in Akwa Ibom has been divided into two camps; one for Mr Akpabio, the other for John Akpanudoedehe, a former senator and current secretary of the party's caretaker committee at the national level.

Mr Akpanudoedehe is planning to run for governor of Akwa Ibom in 2023, and it appears Mr Akpabio, a former governor of the state, may not support his ambition.

The APC faction that is loyal to Mr Akpabio met last month in Uyo and announced that the minister was the political leader of the party in ...