Senator Magnus Abe, a foot soldier of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State, has warned that the party, due to its recent acts of high handedness and disregard for political procedure in the state’s chapter, may be heading for the rocks.
This is coming after a party chieftain, loyal to the Rotimi Amaechi’s faction of the All Progressives Congress, Senator Andrew Uchendu, called on Magnus Abe to stop crying and join hands with other leaders of the party in the state to make the APC stronger in Rivers State.
Abe, in his response expressed sadness over the comment made by Senator Uchendu, adding that his counterpart wasn’t seeing the impending doom that was about to hit the party in the state.
However, in his response to Uchendu, the former senator, who is currently a board member in the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), disclosed that the harsh realities of a possible downfall of the state chapter of the party has made him to be speaking up at all times.
In a statement, Abe accused Uchendu of pretending all was well in the party when things were falling apart, just to please his political benefactors.
He also decried the act of deceit by Uchendu to go on and seek for more time in office after promising to be in the senate for just one tenure.
When the next time came around, Uchendu shamelessly snatched the party ticket under the nose of the same people and told them that he was ordered by the party to go back to the senate.
He could not tell the party, of which he claimed to be a leader, that it was unfair, unjust and indeed dishonourable to lie publicly to the people of Etche.
Chief Uchendu was at a meeting, with myself and others when we agreed in 2015 that our governorship ticket in the APC would go to the Rivers South-east Senatorial District as the only senatorial district in the state that is yet to produce a chief executive in Rivers State.
Abe insisted that if the senator could not keep his word to the Etche people, he could not keep his commitment before his own family, and wondered how he can then tell the truth about zoning in the APC.
Where was Chief Uchendu when the minister unilaterally changed the agreed zoning from Rivers South-east senatorial district, to riverine and upland in order to bring in his friend and partner who was a total stranger to the politics of Rivers State?
If he had the courage to cry out in any of these circumstances, perhaps things would be different today in the APC.
The choice is open to us all. For me if I see something, I will say something. I have no apologies to offer for speaking the truth.
Senator Abe also disclosed that he has not yet revalidated his membership in the APC in the state because he has not gotten any form of assurance that he and his supporters would be given their fair share of rights as members of the party in the state.
Although not certain yet, there are speculations that the former senator, who is in a rift with former governor of the state, Rotimi Amaechi but at peace with his counterpart and successor, Nyesom Wike, may be fine-tuning plans to finally defect to the PDP to run for governor in the state, come 2023.