A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers state, Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, has kicked against the screening of Senator Magnus Abe to contest the party’s governorship primary in Rivers State.
Eze, who expressed his displeasure in a statement issued in Port Harcourt on Tuesday, wondered the criteria used in screening the Senator, who had severally been involved in what he described as grievous anti-party activities, including his current alliance with Governor Nyesom Wike to sabotage the party’s fortunes.
It would be recalled that the National Secretariat of the party had screened Senator Abe and certified him as qualified to participate in the party’s governorship primary, which is scheduled for September 29, 2018.
But Eze faulted the party’s decision, noting that the Senator had been working hand in glove with the Governor of Rivers state, a leading People’s Democratic Party (PDP) figure to undermine the APC in the state, citing the institution of legal matters against the party, attempt at pulling down the party structure in the State by setting up a parallel party Secretariat in the State.
Eze reiterated that Abe apart from establishing an illegal party structure in Rivers State was a party to the formation of the Reformed APC that claimed to be a faction of the mainstream of APC.
Eze who vowed that he will not keep quiet on the inglorious and infamous path that Abe has toed to destroy a party that has done much in sustaining him politically in Nigeria.
“Most of Abe’s associates in the Reformed APC that includes Barry Mpigi, Senate President Saraki, Speaker of House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara, Governor Tambwual of Sokoto State, Senator Kwankwaso have all formally joined Governor Wike in PDP while they asked Abe to stay back in APC to do the dirty task of destroying the party.
“Not minding all that Abe have done to destroy APC by joining forces with Wike and other external forces to carry out his dastard acts, Eze claims that Abe is not relenting to ensure that the leader of the party in South -.South, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi is destroyed.
“Not satisfied with all the above he has joined forces with Governor Wike to connive and conspire to disparage and defame the Minister of Transportation and Director General of Buhari /Osibanjo Presidential Campaign organisation, Rt. Hon Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi”, he said.
According to Eze, “Abe and Wike are plotting to use the former cabinet members of Amaechi when he was Governor of Rivers State to tell fake, concocted and distorted stories to the media that are meant to denigrate him, impugn his unblemished integrity and paint a very terrible image of him to members of the public”, he said.
Eze, who stated that God who sustained Amaechi when the duo plotted to blackmail him before the Senate, so that he would not be screened as a Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, will surely shame the duo in their latest plot.
Eze wonders how those pushing for Abe to fly the flag of APC in order to rubbish Amaechi will think that such devious plot will work.
“But let me reiterate that should these enemies of Rivers State succeed in making Abe the gubernatorial candidate of APC, I will mobilise not less than one million true lovers of Rivers State to Aso Rock on 5th October 2018 to protest against such an evil plot though I know that the APC delegates in Rivers State will not allow such an evil plot to see the light of the day”, he said.