- The crisis rocking the ruling the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers state seems not to be over yet
- Senator Magnus Ngei Abe (Rivers southeast district) has asked bigwigs in the state chapter of the party to stop involving President Muhammadu Buhari in the their crisis
- Abe said that the party chieftains should stop insulting President Buhari and end the blame game
Senator Magnus Ngei Abe (Rivers southeast district) has asked loyalists of some All Progressives Congress (APC) bigwigs to stop involving President Muhammadu Buhari in the crisis rocking the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
In a statement published by his spokesperson, Parry Saroh Benson, Abe said that President Buhari has been rained with abuses in connection to the party's crisis in the state despite his many achievements, The Sun reports.
Abe's statement was a reaction to remarks by Honourable Chidi Lloyd, the head of the Tonye Cole campaign organisation.
The statement read: “This is most unfortunate. The habit of blaming everyone else for our woes must stop immediately. We had a needless and senseless power tussle in the party even when everyone agreed that the minister was the leader, yet that was Senator Abe’s fault, because Senator Abe has a gubernatorial ambition as if there is any member of a political party in Nigeria without an ambition.
“APC members in Rivers State went to court for a minor issue that could have been resolved internally in ten minutes, they were accused of being sponsored by Governor Wike.
"The APC leadership went to physically attack the Courts and openly disobeyed Court orders and the Courts responded by axing the candidates for being products of that disobedience. The judges were accused of being PDP and working for Wike.
“Now you have gone into an election for which you are clearly ill-prepared, and yet the president gave you everything. Rivers APC had NDDC, Railway, NPA, Shippers Council; Ministry of Transportation, Police, Army, Air Force, DSS and yet you could not win because the INEC REC is PDP. INEC Chairman is PDP, haba!
“Now we are blaming the President, is the President also working with Wike? If we had taken time to remind Rivers people of the uncommon love that Buhari has shown to Rivers people in the Ogoni cleanup, the Bodo-Bonny Road, approval for new higher institutions in Rivers State, appointments of our sons and daughters into positions of trust and so on”.
“We would have made more sense to Rivers people than the failed campaign for personal supremacy by the leader of the party in the state.
"The president even went as far as risking his reputation and integrity to support the APC in Rivers State more than any other state in Nigeria. In playing our usual blame game let us leave President Buhari out of it and focus on the real issues facing the party in Rivers State,” Abe stated.
However, on his part, Chidi Llyod, said: “As a stakeholder in the politics of Rivers State, I feel sad that a collaboration of Senator Magnus Abe and Governor Wike and their accomplices in the Rivers State Judiciary denied us so much in power structure of Rivers State.
"Whereas, it is an incontrovertible fact that Magnus Abe was collecting huge sums of money and a landcrussier jeep, including payment of legal fees, from Governor Wike to pull the rug off the feet of the APC, it is even more annoying that Magnus Abe did everything under the sun to stop President Buhari from being re-elected.
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"It is on record that when we were working round the clock to ensure we re-elected President Buhari, Magnus Abe addressed a team of 23 Coordinators across the 23 LGAs in his camp to go to their LGAs and instruct their supporters to vote for Atiku instead President Buhari and they did.
“Every true Nigerian will agree with me that President Buhari’s emergence and subsequent re-election is the best thing that has ever happened to Nigeria. I am a full supporter of President Buhari and I am doing that without regrets.
"My statement may have sounded harsh, I regret it and take responsibility for that. I am sorry. I spoke in anger because of the collusion of INEC and Wike in Rivers State Governorship and State Houses of Assembly elections.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the Rivers state chapter of the African Action Congress (AAC) had expressed dissatisfaction over the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)’s decision to complete the collation of results for the governorship and state House of Assembly elections.
INEC had suspended the electoral process in the state on Sunday, March 10, following widespread violence orchestrated by thugs and military involvements.
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