Senator blames Usani for crisis in Cross River, Kaduna protesters storm secretariat
Chairman, Senate Committee on Finance, John Owan Eno, has blamed Minister of the Niger Delta, Usani Uguru Usani for the party’s inability to hold the ward congresses in Cross River State at the weekend.
Speaking to reporters in Abuja, he alleged that Usani compromised the Stan Ekeje-led committee sent to the state to conduct the congress. He also accused Usani of attempting to hijack the party structure, insisting that the ward congress did not hold in the 196 wards of the state.
Eno enjoined the John Odigie-Oyegun-led national working committee (NWC) to constitute an independent panel to conduct the congresses in the state.He added that key stakeholders of the party would resist any attempts by Usani to submit any results that could convey the impression that the ward congresses actually held. He said when it was obvious that the ward congress could not hold on Saturday, all the stakeholders including him drove to the office of the Commissioner of Police in the state where they signed to keep the materials sent from the national secretariat with the police.
“It will be shameful that any list of delegates and elected people comes out of the last Saturday’s exercise in Cross Rivers when the result sheets and other materials from the national headquarters are in the custody of the Nigerian Police.“I don’t think it will happen but if it does happen, I believe the stakeholders will meet to agree on a line of action,” he added.
But when contacted on telephone, Usani declined to comment on the issue adding: “Go and talk to the congress chairman and the state chairman of the party.”Meanwhile, some members of the party from Kaduna State protested to the national secretariat of APC, saying the party was dying in the state.They carried placards with inscriptions such as: Baba, Please Call Kiriku To Order, APC Is Dying In Kaduna, EFCC, Investigate John Odigie-Oyegun And Return Our Money, Congress Must Hold In Kaduna and Affirmation Is Undemocratic, among others.