Immediate past minister for Niger Delta affairs, Usani Usani says the defection of Gov. Ben Ayade from the People’s Democratic Party to the All Progressives Congress have put to rest leadership challenge in the state APC once and for all.
Usani who bared his mind with this reporter in a chat at his residence in Calabar, expressed confidence in the governor’s ability to harness available potentials within the party for it’s overall success as the 2023 elections approaches.
“We recieved from the governor promises of openess and inclusiveness. It therefore means the party in the state is having a new face. As the leader of the party and that of government in the state which are two enormous responsibilities, I believe that the governor will leverage on the goodwill and support of all party members across the state to grow a stronger and better APC in the state.
“Most crucially, we in APC before this time had tendency that did not promote the ethic of order in terms of leadership but his coming has resolved the issue of leadership naturally, once and for all. We watch to see if we will withdraw from those tendencies and support him to deliver on good governance. It therefore means, we should be able to prune every form of resistance and fraustration that will negatively affect him from delivering on good governance.
For me, when I submit , I do that completely, that is my commitment. So for those of us who have agreed to work together for the party in the state, let’s do that in good in truth.
The former minister also cleared the air over his disagreement with the Sen. John Owan Enoh during the buildup to 2019 saying his disagreement was in principle and not personal.
Pictures showing Mr. Usani and Sen. Enoh laughing and hugging themselves during a meeting called by Gov Ben Ayade went viral Sunday evening, causing wild jubilation among APC faithfuls in the state. Many believe that the reconciliation by the duo have put an end to the bitter rivalry that existed within the party in the state.
on of all factions within the APC, the future of the party looks bright as they get ready to dislodge the People’s Democratic Party after over two decades of political dominance in the state