An Appeal Court sitting in Abuja has struck out an appeal brought before it by Pastor Usani Usani, challenging the judgement of an Abuja High Court presided over by Justice Adeniyi Olukayode which dismissed the prayers of the Minister to become the gubernatorial candidate of the APC in Cross River state.
The Appeal Court was presided by Justice Abdul Aboki.
The implication of the Appeal Court ruling is that Usani is no more seen in the light or contendi g for the gubernatorial ticket of the APC as the Court ruling takes pre-eminence over the High Court verdict.
Addressing newsmen on the Appeal Court Judgement, the National Vice Chairman South South, Ntufam Hillard Ettah, ,”the overall implication of the foregoing is Pastor Usani’s onslaught against the party has no place to fester. It is indeed a futile exercise”
He said “that the issue of replacement of the Sir John Ochalla led executive committee with that of Etim John is also an exercise in futility going by the clarifications made above”.
Ettah urged members of the public to by this clarifications disregard the antics of Pastor Usani and his like. Senator John Owan Enoh remains the authentic APC gubernatorial candidate with the potential to coast home to victory in March 2, 2019 polls”.
He said ” that Pastor Usani Usani cannot and should other be taken serious in his governorship bid having not resigned from office as the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs.
Ettah sighted the electoral guidelines as released by INEC which provides that anyone in public employ or appointive position and is standing election must resign at least 30 days to the election”.
According to him, “that in a judgement delivered y Hon Justice Adeniyi Olukayode of an Abuja Federal High Court (15) on the 17th day of January, 2019, the court dismissed a suit filed by the Minister, Pastor Usani Usani seeking among other things to be declared the governorship candidate of the APC in Cross River state”.
The judgement also accused Usani of forgery just as it declared that Pastor Usani was not an aspirant in the first place having not taken part in the legitimate primaries conducted by the national leadership of the party on the 30th of September and 1st of October, 2018″.
The APC, he added, as a law-abiding party had already secured a “stay of execution of the said judgement” even as an Appeal has been filed on the issue”.