Members of the APC in Cross River State who enjoyed the support of the minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Usani Uguru Usani were roundly disgraced at Abuja during the party's convention.
They had gone to Abuja with some air of importance and excitement, hoping to gain access into the convention ground, with the influence of their godfather, in the hope that they could force the hands of the convention planners, which had earlier stated that they would not vote because of the pending court case against the outcome of the state congress.
Recall that the processes leading to and during the state congress were hijacked by forces believed to be promoted by Usani, against the wishes of majority of the party stakeholders.
The development led to a court order barring those supposedly elected as officials of the party under the Usani faction from parading themselves as executive committee members of the party in the state.
At the convention, Usani was said to have seriously opposed the candidacy of Hilliard Ettah as national vice chairman, south-south. But despite the opposition, Ettah emerged victorious. He is believed to be very close to Adam Oshimhole, who was elected national chairman.
Mr Adie Atsu Liberty who did not also enjoy the support of Usani was elected zonal organizing secretary respectively, against the wish of Usani and his men.
Usani's man for the office failed with distinction. Their humiliation was very visible. So, they resorted to attacking those who were not in their camp. One of those that suffered severe beatings was Alex Irek.
They were not accredited, neither were they allowed access into the Eagles Square. It was gathered that some of them got other people's tags and used same to take pictures and posted same on the social media, to create the impression that they were also part of the show.
With the emergence of Oshimhole and Ettah, and with the stronghold of the major stakeholders on the party, the belief is that Usani may have lost out completely.