Senator Abe's governorship ambition suffers setback as Rivers APC adopts indirect primaries

Senator Abe's governorship ambition suffers setback as Rivers APC adopts indirect primaries

- Rivers state chapter of APC has adopted indirect primaries for 2019 election

- The state chairman, Ojukaye Flag-Amachree, said that the those who voted for indirect primaries considered the logistics

- It was gathered that the new method has shut out Senator Magnus Abe who prefers direct primary to elect governorship candidate

The Rivers state chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC), rose from an enlarged stakeholders meeting in Port Harcourt on Thursday, September 6, presided over by the state chairman, Ojukaye Flag-Amachree and voted for indirect primaries as the mode of electing its governorship candidate and other candidates for various positions. regional reporter in Port Harcourt, Tony Ihunwo, reports that during the meeting, the three methods approved by the party's National Working Committee (NWC), were tabled: direct primaries, indirect primaries and consensus.

It was gathered that after the votes were cast, those who were for direct primaries scored 1, consensus 3, while 106 voted for indirect primaries.

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Flag Amachree also said that the those who voted for indirect primaries considered the logistics, financial and security implications of bringing all eligible APC members to cast their votes

Commenting on the outcome of the stakeholders meeting the commenting on the choice of indirect primaries, the former leader of the Rivers House Assembly, Chidi Lloyd, said the majority who voted for indirect primaries wanted to avoid a situation where voters who are not APC are hired.

One of the APC governorship aspirants in the state, Senator Magnus Abe and the factional members loyal to him were absent at the meeting.

It is expected that adoption of indirect primaries is certainly not the method Senator Abe would want adopted to contest with Tonye Dele Cole, the preferred choice.

Earlier in his comments, Paul Osiagwu, the media aide to Peter Odike, the factional chairman of APC of Abe's camp, dismissed the perpetual injunction issued by the an Abuja High Court presided over by Justice A. O. Musa on Tuesday, September 4, that granted an order of perpetual injunction restraining the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the national chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole (1st and 2nd Defendants) from "tampering with the mandates of the elected officials/delegates elected at the 1st defendant’s ward, local government and state congresses in Rivers state on May 19, 20 and 21, respectively."

Osiagwu who spoke in a Port Harcourt based radio programme monitored by regional reporter, said that the Odike's faction has not received a copy of the injunction, arguing that the Abuja High Court has equal coordinate jurisdiction with the High Court in Port Harcourt that is expected to deliver judgment on September 21, 2019, on the case filed by aggrieved APC members protesting the conduct of the primaries held in May 19,20 and 21.

He argued that, "If the Flag Amachree-led were sure that the controversial ward congresses were free and fair and a subject of court case they should have waited for judgment of September 21.In the eyes of the law Peter Odike is the chairman of APC in Rivers not Flag-Amachree."

Chris Finebone, the publicity secretary of Amachree-led executive on who also spoke in the live radio programme, said: "The injunction is not talking about any matter in any Court in Port Harcourt. The injunction from the Abuja High Court simply ordered that the national leadership of APC headed by Adams Oshiomole and APC should not tamper with the ward the outcome of the congresses.

"We did not want the happened Imo state where the national whimsically use its power to intervene in the affairs of the party. So we have to protect ourselves."

In the copy of the injunction order made available to in Port Harcourt, the court also affirmed the validity of the congresses, which took place May 19, 20 and 21 and subsequently culminated in the election of Ojukaye Flag-Amachree state executive committee with such congresses, having been conducted in compliance with the constitution of the APC (1st defendant).

As senator Abe awaits the September 21st court judgment, the transportation minister, Chibuike Amaechi supported executive of Flag-Amachree seemed to have cleared the way for the candidature of Tonye Dele Cole.

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Meanwhile, had previously reported that a governorship aspirants in Rivers state under the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Magnus Abe, has kicked against purported endorsement of the chief executive officer of Sahara Groups, Tonye Cole, by the minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, as the party's candidate.

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