THE senator representing Rivers South-East senatorial district in the National Assembly, Senator Magnus Abe, has vowed that despite ‘’needless provocation and unwarranted bitterness against him,’’ he will not to leave the All Progressives Congress, APC, for another political party.
Tracing the current crisis rocking the APC in Rivers State to the March 4, 2017 meeting convened by the Minister of Transportation, Mr. Chibuike Amaechi, in Port Harcourt, Abe, in a statement by his spokesperson, Parry Saroh Benson, said: “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: “The Minister of Transportation made several shocking pronouncements that heralded the root of our present crisis. He publicly declared that Senator Magnus Abe and Dr. Dakuku Peterside were both running for governor, and that he had ordered both of them to stop. He said Dr. Peterside had stopped and Senator Abe had not, and that anyone supporting Senator Abe should leave the party immediately. He went on to name party leaders sympathetic to Abe and declared that they must leave the party.
“The Minister declared at that meeting that anyone who failed to show absolute loyalty to him personally should receive no benefit or recognition from the party whatsoever, including contracts and patronage.”