APC Celebrates Defection Of Rivers Reps In Abuja
…Amaechi, Abe factions intensify rift in PH
As Leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abuja received two members of the House of Representatives from Rivers State, Hon. Chisom Dike representing Eleme/Tai/Oyigbo Federal Constituency and Hon. Ephraim Nwuzi representing Etche/Omuma Federal Constituency who defected from the Peoples Democratic Party, the two factions of the party headed by the Minister for Transportation, Rt Hon. Chibuike Amaechi and Senator Magnus Ngei Abe, are not relenting.
The two national assembly members were received at a meeting convened by the Caretaker Secretary of the APC, Sen. John Akpanudoedehe and a former deputy governor of Edo state, Chief Lucky Imasuen on forging the unity of the party towards the 2023 elections.
In his welcome address, Chief Imasuen said the meeting was mainly for former and current political leaders from the zone, adding that more meetings would be held with other stakeholders.
Caretaker Secretary of the party, Sen. Akpanudoedehe tasked the leaders on unity.
The two federal lawmakers from Rivers State were also formally received at the meeting of the Caretaker, Extra-Ordinary National Convention Planning Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC during which a former National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, as the chairman of its South-South reconciliation committee.
Other members of the committee include Chief Sunny Jackson, Senator Clever Ikisikpo, Dr. Mrs. Maryam Ali, Dr. Sam Jaja and Chief Emmanuel Nsan.
Reacting to the setting up of a Peace Committee, a former Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Worgu Boms said “before we talk about any Peace Committee in Rivers APC, what happened to the Akande Peace Committee? So, clearly, the only peace acceptable to Rt. Hon. Minister Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi CON, is the one Oyegun will birth, with a committee that includes Sam Sam Jaja, inspired by a meeting he, Amaechi called through Odoedehe.”
“That’s the only peace move the Minister would inspire after putting in only those he approved to run the party. Are there not up to or more than 300 persons in that Minister’s faction of the party? Since the Minister long announced that he needed no more than 300 persons to win any election in Rivers State, what, then, is all this Peace talks about? , he quipped.
Former Senator representing Rivers South-East at the National Assembly, Senator Magnus Ngei Abe, had in a statement by his spokesperson, Parry Saroh Benson, condemned the inauguration of Local Government and Ward Executives of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State by the Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon Rotimi Amaechi stating that it was the same attitude that has kept the party comatose in Rivers State.
He said: “It is this imperial approach to the challenges facing the party without the input and consultation of other stakeholders that is responsible for the crisis in the party.
Meanwhile the APC in Rivers State says Senator Magnus Abe should leave the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi alone.
In a statement in Port Harcourt, spokesman of the party, Hon. Ogbonna Nwuke said the Senator had no reason to drag the Minister of Transportation into the fray.
The APC statement noted that from the utterances of the former Senator, “he was the one who attempted to influence the decision of the National Secretariat. There is no proof, except for Abe’s claims, that Amaechi made any representation anywhere. The Senator should please show proof if he has any.
The party urged Senator Abe to be a team player, stating “decisions taken shouldn’t be right when they favour us. What is right is right, and we must accept that which is considerably right. When the party speaks, its decision should be seen as binding on all who believe in the mission of the APC. No individual can be greater than the party. We think that our friend and brother should understand this basic fact.”, the statement added.
In a related development, Hon. Igo Aguma has reportedly inaugurated new Local Government and ward executives of the APC. Aguma is of the Abe faction.