Photo of Senator Magnus Abe. Source: Sunnews
All Progressive Congress, APC remains a strong opposition in Rivers State which is under leadership of the People's Democratic Party, PDP by governor Nyesom Wike. The party lost in the 2015 governorship election after its flag bearer, Dr Dakuku Peterside who was a former Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA lost to Governor Wike in the election. The party since its defeat in 2015 have been working hard to gain power in the state. But while the party is working to seize power, it is also having internal crisis which led to the party not taking part in the 2019 election in the state.
Senator Magnus Abe a strong chieftain of the APC in Rivers State ahead of 2023 election has come out to say that there is no APC in Rivers State without him. The former Senator of Rivers South-East Senatorial District while speaking in Bera, Gokana LGA said no one can force him out of the party because without him the party can not stand in Rivers State. However, he urged his supporters to remain loyal to the party while they wait patiently for the decision of the National. But Going back to what happened in 2019, I think APC in Rivers State need to learn from its mistake during the general election and should therefore not take the statement of Senator Magnus Abe for granted. The party need to settle its internal crisis in Rivers State before thinking of winning the 2023 election in the state.
If you'll recall, APC in Rivers State did not partake in the 2019 general election, after a Federal High Court in Port Harcourt gave an order stopping the Independent Electoral Commission, INEC from recognising any candidate of the party in the election. This was as a result of the party's internal crisis between the party's faction loyal to Senator Magnus Abe and those loyal to the former governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi.
Photo of Rotimi Amaechi. Source: Sunnews.
Two primaries were conducted by the party which produced two different governorship candidates for the party. While the National Secretariat of the party recognized Tonye Cole who was a candidate produced by the faction loyal to Amaechi, the faction loyal to Abe recognized Abe as the party's candidate. Senator Abe filled a suit against the party for failing to respect the law which led to the mollification of all primaries conducted by the party (both direct and indirect).
The same Abe who stopped the party from participating in the 2019 election has come out to say that there is no APC in Rivers State without him. He said no one can force him out of the party because without him the party can not stand in Rivers State. Do you think APC in Rivers State has learnt from its mistake in 2019, share your thoughts?
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