By G9ija

Usani Usani, a former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, is among the 11 candidates jostling to take over the governorship seat of Cross River State from the incumbent, Prof. Ben Ayade.

This was contained in a document displayed at the state office of the Independent National Electoral Commission.

Eleven political parties are vying for the state’s governorship seat.

Usani, who was Minister between 2015 and 2019, would pursue his governorship ambition on the platform of the Peoples Redemption Party.

The other candidates include Bassey Otu of the All Progressives Congress and Senator Sandy Onor of the Peoples Democratic Party.

Other political parties that are fielding candidates for the seat are Labour Party, All Peoples Party, Young Progressive Party, National Rescue Movement and Social Democratic Party.

African Democratic Congresses, Allied Peoples Movement and Action Alliance are also fielding candidates also seeking to succeed Ayade in 2023.

Usani had in May dumped the APC for the PRP to enable him to realise his governorship ambition.

He had left the APC over their consensus arrangement for the governorship ticket, which had 17 aspirants jostling for the ticket.

Usani was one of the pioneer members of the APC in the state and was appointed by President General Muhammadu Buhari as Niger Delta Affairs Minister between in November 2015.

Usani had contested for the governorship seat in the state three times: 2003, 2011, and 2019.