"IGNORE USANI AND AYADE", SEN OWAN-ENOH URGES ELECTORATES IN CROSS RIVER STATE
BY: NSA GILL
The Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Cross River Stat, Sen John Owan-Enoh has urged electorates in the State to ignore the antics of Pastor Usani Usani, the Minister for Niger Delta Affairs as well as the antics of the State governor, senator Ben Ayade in the build-up to the general elections.
According to Owan-Enoh, the duo of Usani and Ayade are gripped with fears over the growing acceptability of Sen. Owan-Enoh across the State as APC governorship candidate for the March 2nd elections.
A press statement signed by spokesman for his campaign organisation, Dan Amor noted that the attention of Sen. John Owan Enoh Governorship Campaign Organization has been drawn to the sponsored scroll message on some national television stations to the effect that an Appeal Court in Calabar has insisted that Pastor Usani U. Usani remained the APC candidate in the state.
"There was no such thing as Usani being the APC candidate in Cross River State".
"The script is a fabrication by Usani and Gov. Benedict Ayade to distract the APC in the State due to the looming presence of Sen. John Owan Enoh, its one and only governorship candidate in Cross River State".
It maintains that "Usani has never been declared a candidate in Cross River State as far as the current political transition is concerned. Usani is a spoiler employed by Ayade to distract the APC and its candidates in the state in order for him to have a smooth sail to a second term despite his obvious lack of performance and failure to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people."
The statement further noted that "Usani knows that he is not a candidate in this year's governorship election. That is why he has not resigned his appointment as a minister a few weeks to the election despite the constitutional provision that any appointee running an election must resign his/her appointment 30 days before the election."
It claimed that Gov. Ayade of the PDP may have promised Usani "to play the role of a spoiler so that if he (Ayade) wins, he would nominate Usani for another ministerial appointment." The statement explained that "the substance of the case is very clear. In the count down to the party's primaries last year, the National Working Committee of the APC sent a delegation of seven members to conduct Direct Primaries for the party in Cross River State as stipulated in its constitution."
"Usani refused to participate in that exercise. Rather, he went and formed a faction of the party which conducted an illegal primary and declared himself a winner. But the primary conducted by the National Working Committee of the party had already produced Sen. John Owan Enoh as the candidate of the party in Cross River State".
"Usani went and procured judgment from the Bwari Abuja High Court seeking the declaration of the Etim John faction to which he belongs as the authentic party exco in the state. He also approached the Federal High Court Apo Abuja to declare him the candidate of the party in Cross River State. The Apo High Court presided over by Hon. Justice Olukayode Adeniyi dismissed his case but rather declared Sen. John Owan Enoh as the governorship candidate of the party in Cross River State. Still dancing to the drumbeat of Ayade, his sponsor, Usani again, approached the Federal High Court Calabar which asked INEC to recognise the Etim John faction of the party in the state. But this cannot stand in law as the Federal High Courts in Abuja and Calabar, respectively, are courts of coordinate or concurrent jurisdictions, meaning they have equal powers and none can override the order".
"Usani, therefore, ran to the Appeal Court in Abuja but on sensing that he would lose the case as usual, he quickly sought the withdrawal of the case from the Appeal Court. Meanwhile, the APC had filed an application with the Appeal Court in Calabar. The Appeal Court in Calabar today issued an order asking parties to the case to maintain status quo pending the determination of the matter. What this means is that Sen. Owan Enoh to whom the party had handed its flag at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo on December 28, 2018, as its standard bearer and listed by INEC as the candidate of the party in Cross River State, remains its candidate until the determination of the matter."
But Usani and Ayade quickly rushed to pay for scroll message on national television stations misinforming Nigerians that Appeal Court had insisted Usani was the candidate of APC in Cross River State. When and where was he declared a candidate in the first place? Both the Bwari Federal High Court and the Calabar Federal High Court didn't mention candidates in their judgments. The only court that mentioned candidates is the Apo Abuja Federal High Court, which dismissed Usani's case because his application was filled with irregularities, forgeries and perjury. The court stated clearly that Usani is not a candidate and declared Sen. Owan Enoh as APC candidate in Cross River State. So, where did Usani get his candidacy from?"
The APC/Sen. John Owan Enoh Governorship Campaign appealed to media houses in the country to obtain a copy of court orders or judgments and study same with convincing evidence before running any scroll message on this matter or be prepared to face litigation from our legal team. Nigeria must be made governable by law!"