sudoers is owned by uid 48, should be 0

For the second time while attempting to modify my php.ini file in a new Drupal 7 setup through Putty I managed to lose sudoers privileges with the error message “sudoers is owned by uid 48, should be 0”

Using AWS EC2 Linux instance running on Apache 2. This happened after sudo chown -R apache /etc/php.ini

Have tried various suggested appoaches, but do not have password for su since AWS uses ppk attachments for Putty and SSH

Is there possibly an easy command string fix? Doubt it, but thought I would check

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Thanks once again. After posting my question in this forum, I opened a support ticket with AWS tech. When this occurred the first time since I was working on a new installation, rather than solving on the terminal side, I just reinstalled the application. Now, with it happening a second time, I would like to figure out what is going on if for no other reason than I still have not been able to modify the file upload size in the php.ini. But, that is another matter… I have read those postings as well, but each installation is a bit different.

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Thanks again, Well, perhaps I spoke inelegantly … I am using Amazon Linux which in my experience has worked with ordinary Ubunto commands.

Amazon Linux AMI 2017.03.0 (HVM)

I am logged in as ec2-user, the AWS standard, with ppk file security