By Archibong Jeremiah
The recent press release by the Cross River State chapter of Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) alleging that Senator John Owan Enoh and Usani Uguru Usani are at loggerhead.
The release which appealed to them to sheathe their sword has been described as “worthless tissues of lies” by Owan Enoh.
In a reply by his aide Mr. Missang Oyama he urged the public to disregard the statement by CNPP.
The reply reads, “We have read with utter dismay a Press Release dated 30th June, 2019 issued by the Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP), Cross River State Chapter. We view the content of the statement as not only misleading but a combination of sheer meddlesomeness and outright mischief. The intent therein is to hoodwink and cajole Cross Riverians and indeed the leadership of the APC in the country which is their actual target into believing that there is a feud between the distinguished Senator and the former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Dr. Usani Uguru Usani. What an unconscionable and laughable deceit!
“To put it in very unequivocal terms, distinguished Senator John Owan Enoh is not in a feud with anyone in his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) whether in the State or at the national level. The distinguished Senator is profoundly at peace with everyone and has not in any way engaged in a media war with any of the leaders of APC in Cross River State and won’t do so now or in the foreseeable future.
“There is no doubt that there have been strenuous attempts to drag the peoples’ Senator into an unnecessary contention in the public space. Unfortunately for his traducers, Senator John Owan Enoh in his usual graceful comportment and unparalleled magnanimity has maintained appreciable restraint and watching with an enviable degree of calmness the unwarranted onslaught on his person. He believes that this is the sacrifice he has to make for the overall unity of the party in the State.
“The distinguished Senator holds the strong conviction that his party, the APC in Cross River State is in dire leadership strait. And as the party’s Governorship candidate in the last election, it behooves on him to display and provide such leadership. The Senator is building bridges within the party and he has effectively closed ranks with all those who participated in the last Governorship primaries which were conducted by the 7 man Committee constituted by the National Working Committee as enshrined in the APC constitution. He can’t be distracted for any conceivable reason because in his thoughts, the beauty of democracy is in the plurality of opinions and virile opposition.
“The distinguished Senator embodies the finest tradition of our politics and he considers everyone as absolutely deserving of dignified treatment. So we view this new dimension as projected by the Conference of Nigeria Political Parties as an effort in bad faith with a premeditated agenda to foist a non-existing feuding toga on two leading lights of APC in Cross River State and cast them in bad light.
“Again, we are convinced that the disposition of the CNPP led by its current State Chairman, Sunday Michael at this time is simply acting an undesirable script. Unfortunately for the Chairman and his team, their agenda has failed on arrival because the Senator is at a distance from this booby-trap. He is several miles apart and won’t want to be seen in the light of having an issue to grind or scores to settle with anyone because there is absolutely none in the first instance. The purported feud, exist only in the figment of imagination of the fabricators and this is at best illusory.
“We therefore call on the teeming supporters of distinguished Senator John Owan Enoh across the length and breadth of Cross River State and beyond, the leadership of the APC in the country and members of the public to disregard the statement from CNPP, Cross River State Chapter. Everyone should be rest assured that the Senator’s present disposition is reconciliatory with an avowed desire to work with all the leaders of APC in the State and the entire members of the party as a way of moving the party forward. There is no iota of truth in the CNPP statement. The statement only comes with a huge facility for deception and every discerning mind should see it as worthless tissues of lies that should be confined in a trash bin where it truly belongs. God bless Cross River State.”
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