Amaechi cannot frustrate me out of APC – Senator Abe

Amaechi cannot frustrate me out of APC – Senator Abe

Sunday, July 30, 2017 7:53 pm

Magnus Abe and Rotimi Amaechi

Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt

Senator Magnus Ngei Abe and some Rivers State All Progressives Congress, APC members of National Assembly have vowed that they will not allow anybody to push them out of party.

The lawmakers said they would rather remain and fight impunity and ensure that there is internal democracy where party members are allowed to freely choose who leads and represents them in the party.

The lawmakers spoke on their alleged shut out from the Rivers State chapter of non-elective Congress and election of delegates for the forthcoming National Convention of the party held on Saturday.

They claimed that former Rivers governor and Transport minister, Rotimi Amaechi who is the leader of the party in the State masterminded their exclusion from the congress.

But Senator Abe advised those who are nursing the feeling that he and his loyalists would be blackmailed or frustrated out of the party following the way he was shout out from the congress to perish the thought.

“If I was a politician who runs whenever anybody shouts,  I won’t be here. I am one of those who struggled to build this party in the state. No amount of intimidation or “mago, mago” will make me leave the party. At the end, it is the people that will determine.  We are members of one party, whatever we do we must struggle and protect the entity of our party,” Abe said

On his part, Chidi Wihioka, a member representing Ikwerre/Emohua Federal constituency, said  what happened yesterday was that the leaders of the party sent to conduct the non-elective Congresses were holed up in Novotel hotel in Port Harcourt writing the results, while party supporters where waiting at the Secretariat and different local government areas for materials for the Congress.

Barry Mbigi, representing Tai-Eleme-Oyigbo federal constituency expressed disappointment because “The other faction (Amaechi) was afraid of healthy contest and they are afraid that in the 23 LGAs, we (Abe faction) are more popular and on ground (so they decided to sit in a hotel and write results they will send to Abuja. This is why we are protesting. As result, the Congress didn’t hold.

To prevent breakdown of law and order,  the Commissioner of Police, Zaki Ahmed had stepped in and brokered peace between the two factions.

While the lawmakers were complaining, Dakuku Peterside, the Director General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency  commended party leaders and faithful at various levels and, Congress officials for conducting a hitch free exercise that has drawn commendations across the board.

The NIMASA DG also commended the Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi for his leadership and the state party executive for transparent coordination of the non-elective Congress.

He assured faithful that the party is set to restore dignity and hope to Rivers people in the face of the breakdown of governance in Rivers state.

According to him, “what we are going through in the state is temporary as APC will give Rivers people back their voice and confidence.

“The journey of making our people part of development agenda of Nigeria begins with simple democratic exercise such as the peaceful LGA congress we have just had.”

Dr Peterside, who was the governorship candidate of APC in the state during 2015 general elections, stressed that the party remains the only credible choice for Rivers people come 2019 elections.

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