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Rivers APC Crisis: Why Abe, Others Are Scared –Chieftain

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Edith CHUKU

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC in Rivers State, Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze has alleged that there is a reason why some stakeholders of the party are scared of allowing a peaceful and united APC in the State.
He made this claim shortly after the Supreme court gave their verdict on Tuesday, February 16, 2021, in Appeal No.: 377/2020, been the case between Igo Aguma, Isaac Abbot Ogbobula and others.

According to him, “Abe, Aguma and their sponsors are scared of allowing a peaceful, united Rivers APC. The fact that Abe, Aguma and their hobnobbers are constantly preoccupied with extreme evil gambits against the APC is a luculent testament that they are opposition mercenaries particularly conscripted by Gov. Nyesom Wike and some disgruntled elements within the progressives fold, to masquerade as party men to wreck havoc and sustain unrest within the state chapter of the party in a bid to sweep Amaechi off his feet ahead of 2023 and stock the fortunes of Rivers State and her people in perpetual limbo.

“The duo and their allies are hell-bent on ensuring the decimation of the party structure in Rivers State in order to sustain their unholy relationship with their local Sponsor, Governor Nyesom Wike whose only means of sustaining his fading draconian leadership in the State is to maintain a one party structure and to justify the confidence of their external sponsors who are totally afraid of the political powers, prowess and potentials of Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi should he succumb to the pressure mounted on him by Nigerians to contest the 2023 Presidential election.”

While mixed reactions continue to trail the ruling of the supreme court, with many offering conflicting interpretations, Eze believes that the verdict is an indication that the crisis rocking the party in the state are at their end.
The APC chieftain, who is also an erstwhile National Publicity Secretary of the defunct New People’s Democratic Party (nPDP), presented some explanations which he said are “clarification over the speculations and seeming uncertainties that have trailed the verdict”

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According to him, “they took the party to court to contest the validity of Ogbobula’s appointment by the National Leadership of the party as the Caretaker Committee Chairman of the Rivers APC with the claim that Aguma, who has severally been described as an imposter has the mandate to chair the party even when has hammered the anchorage on which he layed claim to the position.
“The appellant, Igo Aguma, having sufficiently been made to grasp the unreasonableness of his conjectured legal struggle, wilfully, through his legal team, Emeka Etiaba SAN., withdrew his contest but artfully predicated the retraction upon the footing that the action was a pre-election matter and therefore statute barred, in a bid to sustain their voyage of political merchandise and evoke cheers from those gullibly entrapped in their deceptive snare.

“The withdrawal exposes the clandestineness surrounding the motive for instituting the frivolous action in the first place, only a litigant whose case is sure to be thrown into the abyss will ask to withdraw same and abandon it halfway.
“The withdrawal, although artfully contrived to further elongate and unreasonably stagger the envisaged speedy dispensation of all pending suits to which the APC is a party, the delay tactics employed by Aguma and Abe will not in any way redeem the fatality of their frivolous claims which already lay motionless, awaiting the orders of Court to be thrown into the legal waste basket.

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“The fact that the appeal was struck out at the instance of Appellant Counsel, Emeka Etiaba, does not add credibility or revive any of the irredeemably flawed cases instituted by former South/East Senator, Magnus Abe, his co-conspirator – Igo Aguma and all those toiling laboriously on their conspicuously barren voyage to destroy the Rivers State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress.

“Having discovered that they lack the numbers and the least of what it takes to participate in any democratic system, Abe and his circle of saboteurs are totally afraid of the disgrace that awaits them should they participate in any Congress of the party. The reason above offered them no other option than to continue with their wicked plots against a peaceful APC in Rivers State.”

Eze added that “now that the Supreme Court has struck out their cases coupled with the fact that by their actions they have demonstrated to the world that they are not interested to revalidate or register as APC members notwithstanding the fact that all their external Sponsors have revalidated theirs in their various states, I appeal to them to save whatever integrity left in them by formally joining their cohorts and sponsors in the PDP and leave the APC to reposition and conduct the party the best way a party should be structured.”

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Expressing confidence that justice will be served soon, he “urged party faithful to pray for Abe and Aguma for the messy situation they have found themselves given the fact that Wike has denied all their candidates the opportunity to participate in the forthcoming fraudulent and predetermined Rivers State Local Government election and President Buhari and the national leadership of the party have taken note that by their actions, they are avowed enemies of the party.”
He further commended members of the Rivers APC for what he described as ‘their steadfastness and resilience in the midst of stiff opposition’ and urged them to ‘maintain the tempo as the storm will no longer be long.’

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