Senator representing Rivers South-East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Magnus Abe, has vowed that despite the needless provocation and unwarranted bitterness against him, he will not leave the All Progressives Congress (APC) for another political party.
This was as he traced the current crisis rocking the APC in Rivers State to the March 4, 2017 meeting convened by the Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi, in Port Harcourt, the state capital.
Abe, in a statement in Port Harcourt issued by his spokesperson, Parry Benson, said every member of the party knows the actual cause of the crisis rocking the party in the state.
He said: “When it was time to battle Governor Nyesom Wike, who were those in the forefront? And who are those talking now? When the time will come to confront the governor, who are the members of the APC who will not just stand, but stand out? When we wrestled with the former president Goodluck Jonathan administration, who were those in the forefront?”
“I will not leave the APC even in the face of needless provocation and unwarranted bitterness. As I told the state chairman of the party last Sunday, every member of the party knows the cause and the reason for the present crisis in the APC in Rivers State and I will also state it here.”
The senator, who is the chairman, Senate Committee on FERMA, alleged that during the March 4, 2017 meeting, which attracted prominent leaders of the party in the state, Amaechi made certain pronouncements that led to the current crisis in the state.
He said: “We all can recall that the Rivers APC was in relative peace and harmony until March 4, when the Minister of Transportation and our former governor called a meeting of leaders of our party at the Dome on Odili Road in Port Harcourt.
“In that meeting, the minister made several shocking pronouncements that heralded our present crisis.
“The minister publicly declared that Senator Abe and Dr. Dakuku Peterside were both running for governorship, and that he had ordered both of them to stop. He said Peterside had stopped and Abe had not, and that anyone supporting Abe should leave the party immediately.
He went on to name leaders sympathetic to Abe and declared that they must leave the party.”