Rivers APC faction cautions Amaechi against crisis in party
A faction of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State have cautioned the Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi, against stirring crisis in party.The chieftains, who are aligned to the Senator Magnus Abe’s faction of the party declared Peter Odike, as the factional acting chairman of the party.
Addressing journalists in Port Harcourt yesterday, Odike said while Amaechi remains the leader of the party, he must respect the constitutional rights of those who have ambition to contest for various positions in the party.He said the minister’s quest to solely dictate who becomes the governorship candidate was tearing the party apart in the state.He said: “At the appropriate time, anyone who feels that he is qualified to run for the governorship seat would pick the form and allow the people to decide.”He disclosed that crisis had been brewing in the APC, following a frosty relationship between Amaechi and Abe.
Amaechi is alleged to be opposed to the governorship ambition of Abe, who represents Rivers South East Senatorial district.Odike urged the party members to adopt constitutional means in seeking redress, and adhere to law and order in the party.He said the former state working committee of the party was still in place, following the nullification of the ward, local council and state congresses, that produced Ojukaye Flag Amachree and his group.
“We are the State Working Committee (SWC) and executives of APC in Rivers State and our party cannot be in any administrative vacuum.“With the court order, the Dr. Davies Ikanya led-executive would continue with its work of running the party’ adding that pending his return from medical treatment in London, “his deputy would continue to run.”
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