By Our Reporter
Former Minister of Niger Delta affairs, Pastor Usani Usani has defected from the All Progressives Congress to the People’s Redemption Party, this paper can report.
Although he is yet to make his decision public, inside sources knowledgeable with the move told our reporter that the former minister will officially unveil his new political party in the coming days.
A pioneer member of the rulling APC, the 62 years old Nko born politician was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari as Nigeria’s Niger Delta affairs Minister between November 2015 and May 2019.
Pastor Usani who has never hidden his desire the contest the 2023 governorship election in Cross River State is expected to emerge as the gubernatorial candidate of the People’s Redemption Party.
Last month, in an interview with our reporter, the former minister insisted that he will be contesting the governorship election under the APC, “I have tried to see the governor, but maybe because of his busy schedule, he is yet to give me a date. I feel as the leader of our party in the state, I should give him that respect that he deserves. But if I wait for awhile and I still can’t se him, then I will have to send him an electronic message by way of informing him” Usani had said.
The People’s Redemption Party is a centre-left political party, originally founded in 1978 by supporters of the late Mallam Aminu Kano after his withdrawal from the National Party of Nigeria.
The party was later banned following the military coup of 1984 led by General Buhari.