Rivers Guber: I Can’t Leave APC For Anybody, Abe Dares Amaechi
As the cloud of uncertainty continues to darken the future of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Rivers State chapter, one of the governorship aspirants, Senator Magnus Abe has vowed not to dump the party because of pressure from anybody.
Abe assures the Rivers people that his name would certainly be on the ballot of the party for the 2023 governorship election and there is nothing anybody, no matter how highly placed would do about it.
Disclosing this much in a press briefing at his Freedom House in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital on Thursday, the former Senator who represented Rivers South-East senatorial district said contrary to misinformation by some persons, “I have not left the APC”.
Abe said that he chose to withdraw from the governorship primaries at the Adokie Amiesimeka stadium on Thursday because the process was hijacked by the former minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi and his cronies.
“Since morning, I have received a lot of telephone calls that I have withdrawn from the All Progressives Congress. I want to say that that is not true. I have not withdrawn and I will not withdraw.
“Am even aware that what is being set up today (congress) is a charade. Everybody knows that in a delegate election if you’re not included in how the delegates are chosen if the process of choosing the delegates is not inclusive, is not transparent and is not fair, the outcome of what the delegates will do is not expected to be any different from the process that produced them.
“Like I said at the beginning of this whole thing when I declared, I said I will not accept the outcome of any process that is not just, fair, equitable and inclusive”, he said.
Abe noted that the indirect primaries adopted by the former Minister of Transportation and his cronies in the APC in Rivers State clearly do not meet that standard.
“And for that reason, while I have decided not to withdraw out of respect for the party I want to say clearly that I will not accept the outcome nor will I be bound by it.
“To Rivers people, let me say this clearly and unequivocally, there will be an election to elect a governor for the people of Rivers State in March next year as in other parts of Rivers State.
“And it will be the responsibility of Rivers people to choose who that governor would be that will superintend over the affairs and activities of all of us moving forward.
“That responsibility belongs to the people of Rivers State. What I will say to Rivers people is that I senator Magnus Ngei Abe will be on that ballot and Rivers people will have the opportunity to choose who shall lead our state moving forward.
“No one individual however powerful or however well connected or wealthy will decide for all of us. You will have that opportunity to decide who our next governor will be And I Magnus Abe will be on the ballot,” he dared.