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Abe debunks quitting guber race, says he can’t leave APC for anyone

By Ann Godwin, Port Harcourt
27 May 2022   |   3:55 am
Against reports that Senator Magnus Abe, a governorship aspirant in the Rivers State chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC), has dropped his ambition, he, yesterday, declared he was still in the race for the 2023 poll and would not quit APC for anyone.

Senator Magnus Abe

Against reports that Senator Magnus Abe, a governorship aspirant in the Rivers State chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC), has dropped his ambition, he, yesterday, declared he was still in the race for the 2023 poll and would not quit APC for anyone.

Abe also said his name would be on the ballot papers for the election and there was nothing anybody, no matter how highly placed, could do about it.

The senator, who represented Rivers South-East Senatorial District, stated this in his campaign office, Freedom House, in Port Harcourt, while members of the faction of former Minister of Transportation faction were at Adokie Amiesimeka Stadium holding a party primary.

Abe described the congress as a charade.

He said: “Contrary to misinformation by some persons, I have not left the APC.”

Abe said he chose to boycott the primary because the process was allegedly hijacked by Amaechi faction.

“Since morning, I have received a lot of telephone calls that I have withdrawn from the All Progressives Congress. I want to say that is not true. I have not withdrawn and I will not withdraw.

“I’m even aware that what is being done today (congress) is a charade. Everybody knows that in a delegates election, if you’re not included how delegates are chosen, if the process of choosing the delegates is not inclusive, not transparent and fair, the outcome of will not be expected to be any different from the process that produced them.

“I will not accept the outcome any process that is not just, fair, equitable and inclusive,” he said.

He added: “While I have decided not to withdraw out of respect for the party, I want to say clearly that I will neither accept the outcome nor be bound by it.

“To Rivers people, let me say this clearly and unequivocally, there will be an election to elect a governor for the people of Rivers State in March next year as in other parts of Nigeria.

“No one individual, however powerful or however well connected or wealthy, will decide for all of us. I, Magnus Abe, will be on the ballot.”

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