APC crisis: Faction calls for arrest of Buhari’s minister over anti-party activities
The factional All Progressive Congress (APC) group in Cross River has ordered security agencies to arrest the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs for alleged anti-party activities.
The group (Factional APC) also threatened to seal the office of the APC parallel group located at 117 Ndidem Iso Road in Calabar Municipal of the state
Addressing a press conference Tuesday night, the Chairman of the factional group, Dr Matthew Achigbe, lamented the activities of the parallel group saying, it portrayed the party in a bad light.
“Our party, the All Progressive Congress in Cross River State has been in the news consistently in recent times as a result of the ongoing electioneering process, which leads towards the 2019 polls.
He said while the party was waiting for the arrival of the committee and materials for the said primaries on Sunday, September 30, Pastor Usani Usani, Minister of Niger Delta Affairs was said to have pulled out a group of party members who assembled at various points across the state in the guise of conducting governorship primaries.
“That exercise, as illegal as it was, had not the backing of the law, the supervision and endorsement of the national leadership of the party or that of the INEC as well as law enforcement agencies.
“Unfortunately, only yesterday evening, we gathered from media reports that Pastor Usani Usani has been declared the winner of the primaries and candidate of the party for the 2019 governorship elections.
“We want to state categorically that the declaration was not only false, illegal and undemocratic but criminal in every sense of the word.
“The party held an authentic primary election on Monday, October 1st in all the wards as conducted by the governorship primary election committee using materials which came from the national echelon”
The Chairman said that the Minister had a sinister motive, perhaps to rob the party of victory in the forth coming polls as his actions before and during the party primaries suggest.
He ordered security agencies to summarily arrest and detain Pastor Usani Usani for severally attempting to cause breach of public peace and for inciting the members against the party’s leadership.
“In the light of this, We urge that this criminal and or fraudulent agenda of the Minister be checked by the national leadership while we call on law enforcement agencies to summarily arrest and detain Pastor Usani Usani for severally attempting to cause breach of public peace and for inciting the members against the party’s leadership” he ordered.
Dr Achigbe, however, implored all aggrieved interest to explore these legal means in addressing their grievances whatsoever. Setting for the option balkanizing the party or being involved in any sinister motive that is intended to jeopardise its chances of victory, is to say the least, satanic and therefore unacceptable” he said.
Consequently, the Chairman said he will take constitutional procedure to ensure that Pastor Usani Uguru Usani is punished; he has taken All Progressive Congress (APC) for granted.
He organized parallel primaries that produced him as gubernatorial candidate of the party in the State.
Dr Achigbe explained that, that primaries was the height of disloyalty to the party and the National Working Committee (NEC) of APC, it is the height of the crime.
Pastor Usani was supposed to be subject to the directives of the NEC and the party, I have never seen such rascality creating an impression that it was not well with the party.
For issue of INEC presence at the primaries conducted by the alleged illegal group, the party said primaries is basically the creation of political party and INEC has no role to play.
“We only invite INEC to observe and supervisor, anybody can be so invited to observe a process, INEC presence does not make any different but their appearance at the primaries was unfortunate” he said.
Consequently, on the protest of some aspirants over the conduct of the primaries in the state, the Chairman said some members of the party are mischievous even in their action and behaviour alleging that some card carrying members of the party are performing the script written by members of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) with a view to pulling down APC.