Why Rivers APC Crisis Persists – Abe
By Idowu Isamotu, Abuja
A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers state, Senator Magnus Abe, on Tuesday attributed the crisis rocking the state to a unilateral decision to expel him and others from the party.
The former senator, who specifically pointed accusing fingers at the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Ameachi, for the crisis disclosed this in a statement he personally signed and made available to journalists in Abuja.
Abe stressed that persistence of the crisis still boils down on the decision to exclude him from the congresses and denial of the forms his people bought led to the crisis that is yet to be abated.
According to him, “Nigerians are aware that the crisis in the APC in Rivers state had its origin in the unconstitutional decision of the leader of the party in the state, Rt Hon Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi to summarily expel me, and other leaders of the party in the state seen as Sympathetic to my Governorship ambition for no discernible reason.
“The directive to unilaterally exclude party members from all party activities without due process is the origin and the root of the crisis in the party.
“Indeed prior to the troubled congresses the then state chairman of the party Chief Ibiamo Ikanya called an all inclusive stakeholders/state SEC meeting of Rivers APC where all the issues were amicably resolved, including the distribution of forms to all aspiring party members.
“An all inclusive committee was set up to implement the resolutions of that meeting, as soon as the Minister was informed of this move, he not only dissolved the comittee, but he voided the efforts and consensus decisions reached by the entire leadership.
“He directed that in keeping with his earlier directives at the Dome, members of the party perceived as sympathetic to Senator Abe be excluded from the Congresses and denied the forms they paid for.
“Those members Ibrahim Umar and 22 others went to court, they rightfully secured an injunction on the facts which he again directed the party to disobey. The rest as they say is history.
“In an unprecedented sponsored media campaign the facts were buried and recrafted, one Chukwuemeka Eze a hired publicist for the minister became face of this attempt to rewrite history.
“Those who went to Court were accused of working for Governor Wike and the PDP, the courts were promoted as Wike’s supermarkets, some of Amaechi’s publicist such as Oby Ndukwe, and Lucky Worlu went as far as accusing me of plotting with the Vice President to kill President Buhari and collecting billions of Naira From Governor Wike and the PDP to destabilize the APC in Rivers state.”
Abe stressed that he was painted to the Nigerian public as a desperate politician who destroyed his party because of his personal ambition.
He said, “My integrity and my reputation remain my most valuable assets, if I loose that to the politics of hate and deceit then I would have lost everything.
“My lawsuit therefore is not intended as a war against any media house, it is a rather open challenge to those who have peddled falsehood when they know the truth to now present the facts behind their falsehood or forever be shamed to silence.”