Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
Senator Magnus Abe yesterday expressed sadness that some heavy weights in the All Progressives Congress, (APC) are scheming to shut him and his supporters out of the party, but maintained that he would not leave the party for anybody.
The delegate congress of the APC in the Rivers State on Saturday was greeted with disagreement which unleashed deeper cracks on the fragile peace enjoyed in the party.
Supporters of the party in the state who are loyal to Sen. Abe had boycotted the congress, alleging that the party manipulated the outcome of the congress in a favour of a fraction of the party.
They accused the committee members who were held at Novotel of trying to move manipulated result of the congress favour of a faction of a section of the party to Abuja without conducting the election.
Speaking in Port Harcourt, yesterday, while reacting to the development of the delegate congress, Abe stressed that the events that unfolded were clear indications that some individuals want to chase him out of the party.
Abe expressed confidence that the party having in place mechanisms to handling internal wrangles would bring the difference in the party under control.
Abe said: “Even a child in Rivers State knows that yesterday’s local government non-elective congress in the state was designed by the leaders for one reason only, to prove that those with Magnus Abe have been shut out of the party and they have no space in the affairs of the party.
“I thank all members of the party who came out to resist that show of impunity. Following the intervention of the Rivers State police command and a commitment that was made by the party in the presence of the CP we decide to leave with the commitment.”
“We accepted it because over the years the state has acquired the reputation in the country as the home of endless political crisis. So whatever we need to do as a party to slow down that narrative we should do it.