The outcome of Saturday State congresses across the country has shown that all is not well with the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.
Many State chapters of the party held parallel congresses and produced factional chairmen to manage the affairs of the party in the states.
Rivers State is one of the states where parallel congresses were held and produced two chairmen. While the faction led by Senator Magnus Abe elected Golden Chioma as the factional chairman of APC in Rivers State, the faction loyal to the former Governor of the State and Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi elected Emeka Beke as the APC chairman in Rivers State.
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Despite the warning of the APC National Secretariat to sanction the masterminds of the parallel congresses in the states, Senator Abe-led faction went ahead to inaugurate its parallel executives in Rivers State on Tuesday and declared it as the authentic executives of APC in the State.
The decision of Senator Magnus Abe-led faction to inaugurate its parallel executives in Rivers State has worsened the ongoing supremacy battle between Senator Magnus Abe and Rotimi Amaechi in Rivers State.
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However, there are strong indications that the All Progressives Congress may lose out in Rivers State if the ongoing crisis is not well managed.
The possibility of court cases might not be ruled out in Rivers State to determine the authentic executives of APC in the State.photo credit: PUNCH
The faction that lose out might either dump the party or work against the other faction in the next general election unless the leadership of the party is able to manage the situation and resolve the crisis amicably.
It would be difficult for a divided APC in Rivers State to defeat the Peoples Democratic Party that is ruling the State.
Governor Nyesom Wike and other PDP chieftains in Rivers State have been working to retain the dominance of PDP in the 2023 general elections. Unless APC is able to bring its house together before the next election, it would be difficult to defeat PDP in the State that has the executive Governor in its camp.
Looking at the 2019 precedent in Rivers State, the tussle between the faction of APC loyal to Rotimi Amaechi and Senator Magnus Abe-led faction degenerated from media quarrel to court judgments.
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The APC internal crisis eventually led to the final ruling of the Supreme Court that directed INEC to remove all candidates of the All Progressives Congress in Rivers State from the 2019 general elections.
The All Progressives Congress in Rivers State is treading the same path despite what happened in 2019. The party might lose out in Rivers State in 2023 unless the National Secretariat of the party wade into the issue and resolve it before 2023.
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