By Joseph Kingston, Calabar
Few hours after the Federal High
Court, sitting in Calabar, delivered its judgment sacking Sen John Owan
Enoh as governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Cross
River state, supporters of both John Owan Enoh and Usani Usani were
involved in bloody clashes.
Reports say the two groups were
embroiled in a bloody clash at the Ugep Central Square in Yakurr local
government area of the state.
Our reporter gathered that Usani’s
supporters had trooped to the square, awaiting the arrival of the Niger
Delta Affairs minister, who, riding on the back of a contentious court
ruling, wanted to address his supporters.
His supporters were
said to have started taunting Enoh’s supporters for losing out and
assuring them that Usani “is the man,” and not Owan Enoh as erroneously
believed. “Pandemonium immediately broke out and people are running for
cover. We cannot ascertain, for now, how many people are on the injury
list. Usani is several metres away from the scene of the clash, heavily
guarded by armed security personnel,” a source, who was monitoring the
unfolding scenario in the area, said.
Recall that the court had,
on Monday, in a two-hour judgement, delivered by Hon Justice Simon
Amobeda, ordered that “INEC should only receive and accept the names and
candidates for the 2019 elections that emerged from the lawful
executive led by Godwin Etim John.”
The judgement further sacked
the leadership of the party led by Mr. John Ochalla and ordered that
persons parading themselves as the executive members of the APC in Cross
River state should, forthwith, cease and that the lawful executive of
APC in Cross River state is the one led by Godwin Etim John.
Usani Usani lends full weight behind the Etim John faction and emerged
as their guber candidate, John Owan Enoh was said to have emerged under
the John Ochala executive committee and duly recognised by the national
working committee of the party.