By Obeten Godfrey
The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, and factional gubernatorial candidate of the APC in Cross River State, Pastor Usani Uguru Usani has stated that those perpetrating violence on his behalf are agents of his enemies.
Usani disclosed this via a post on his official Facebook page few days after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) validated Owan Enoh’s candidature by officially publishing his name as the candidate of the APC in the State.
The Facebook post reads: “No one should pretend that he/she is associated with me if he/she is planning violence. Those planning the evil of violence on my behalf are agents of our enemies. All those who plan violence are short of reason. Emotion is inferior to reason. There are procedures for seeking redress at every grievance of injustice.
“Therefore, no one should associate me with any plan or strategy that disturbs the peace. Strategies are meant to produce positive results not to disrupt the system or due process.”
Recall that sequel to the January 7, 2019 declaration by a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in Apo, Abuja, presided over by Justice Olukayode Adeniyi rejected and dismissed the claim by the Niger Delta Affairs Minister, Pastor Usani Uguru Usani to being the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.
“Justice Adeniyi who delivered judgment on Usani vs APC, INEC & Owan-Enoh, actually dismissed the suit and asserted that:
1). Usani’s case was found to be full of contradictory claims and forgeries.
2). Usani’s affidavit in support of originating summons was unreliable.
3). Usani was found not to be an aspirant and his case not justiciable in tandem with the laws of the country.
4). That Etim John’s supervised primary was illegal and contrary to the party’s constitution and guidelines for primaries.
In the light of the above, the court dismissed Usani’s claim to be declared the governorship candidate and consequently upheld the later as the APC governorship standard bearer in Cross River State.
Recall also that the Niger Delta Affairs Minister has since October 2018 been embroiled in a web of legal tussle with his party man, Senator John Owan-Enoh as to who is the authentic gubernatorial candidate of the APC in Cross River State; after a parallel primary election was conducted on September 30 and October 1 2018 which saw the duo emerge winners respectively.
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