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12 Mar 2018

Minister Usani responsible for Cross River APC crisis – Stakeholders says

The All Progressive Congress (APC) stakeholders in Cross River State have alleged that the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor Usani Uguru Usani was responsible for the crisis plaguing the party in the State.

Addressing a press conference in Calabar, weekend, the stakeholders lamented the attitude of the Minister, alleging that he connived with the National Organizing Secretary and conducted illegal congress on 24th February 2018.

Speaking on behalf of the stakeholders, the former member of the House of Representative Chief (Hon) Ernest Irek regretted the attitude of the Minister.

He said the stakeholders were unanimously calling on the Presidency to investigate the activities of the Minister with a view to calling him to order.

“If Pastor Usani was not called to order, the party may not win the 2019 election.

“We the stakeholders are calliing on the Presidency to review the activities of the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs Pastor Usani Uguru Usani with a view to calling him to order,” he said.

He added that “If this trend is not checked, the party might lose the 2019 elections.

“Agreed, we have crisis in our party, but the one caused by the Minister and the Organizing Secretary may deny us many things, including victory in elections.

“The conduct of February 24th congress has aggravated serious crisis in the party. If it is a party that respects hierarchy, having done what they have done, they would have allowed the National Publicity Secretary to address the press but the Organizing Secretary did the work of the National Publicity Secretary.”

“Now our quarrels with the congress of 24th Feb 2018, first and foremost, the National Working Committee (NWC) did not approve any congress for any particular state. No State was told to conduct any congress.

“Actually, what happened was that National Executive Committee (NEC) directed the State Working Committee (SEC) to hold a meeting and to see how they could sort out the differences that are plaguing the party.

“We were called to Abuja for a meeting just to set that process going and in the process, before we knew it, there was announcement that congress was going to take place on Saturday of that week, our party’s constitution is very clear on that.

“We tried to question the proposed conduct of the congress but we were shouted down hence some persons went to court.

“After receiving the court processes, the National Deputy Chairman South having realised some of these things now called the Committee to come back but they refused through the order of the Organizing Secretary.

“If they want this party to move forward, we need to put our head down and talk to ourselves. Congress is coming and our party time table is out and in the next one month, there will be congress.”

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