Cross River APC Stake­hold­ers Want Min­is­ter Sanc­tioned

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - NEWS - Ani­etie Ak­pan, Cal­abar

STAKE­HOLD­ERS of the All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) in 18 lo­cal gov­ern­ment ar­eas in Cross River State have called on the party’s Na­tional Work­ing Com­mit­tee (NWC) to sanc­tion the Min­is­ter for Niger Delta, Pas­tor Usani Uguru Usani for dis­obey­ing con­sti­tuted au­thor­i­ties.

They said the min­is­ter has con­tin­u­ally de­fied the NWC’S de­ci­sion, which af­firms Se­na­tor John Owan-enoh as the state’s duly nom­i­nated gov­er­nor­ship flag-bearer. Brief­ing the press on be­half of the 18 sig­na­to­ries, Dr. Odigha Odigha said Usani went ahead to con­duct an unau­tho­rised ex­er­cise, af­ter which he un­law­fully de­clared him­self the gov­er­nor­ship can­di­date, and should be sanc­tioned for it.

They said: “We will no longer sit back and al­low some­one, who brazenly re­fused to sup­port the party at reg­is­tra­tion in 2014; some­one who said this party was North-driven, some­one who, as APC chair­man, only at­tended one gu­ber­na­to­rial cam­paign rally at Abi Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area out of 18 in the state and could not even stay till the end; some­one who brought vi­o­lence into APC sys­tem in Cross River State; some­one with a bag­gage of un­solved in­dict­ments to sink our party in his failed in­or­di­nate am­bi­tion to be­come gov­er­nor.” They also ac­cused Usani of play­ing a script in or­der to give in­cum­bent PDP gov­er­nor a chance to emerge for sec­ond term in of­fice, so that he (Usani) could be sup­ported in 2023.

Last week, the Usani group or­gan­ised a rally in Cal­abar, in­sist­ing that with­out Usani “there is no APC in the state.”

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