The All Progressives Congress (APC) which earlier stood against handpicking of a governorship flagbearer has now vowed to conduct free and fair primaries for same purpose.
The party also said there are no cracks in the political party that is poised to take back the seat of power in Port Harcourt.
In a statement by the state party chairman, Dr Davies Ikanya and circulated by his media consultant, Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, the opposition party reiterated that no matter the challenges and misinformation being peddled by detractors, “we will not be intimidated or influenced not to ensure power change come 2019 in the State. We know the current strategy of the sitting governor aimed at weakening and destabilising the party to enable him have an easy ride to the Brick House.”
The party commended and congratulated the elders, political leaders and religious leaders of Ikwerre extraction for accepting the fact that it will be unfair not to support the move to shift or rather rotate power from the upland to Riverine Section of the State after two of their sons (Amaechi and Wike) had governed the State for 12 good years.
The party stated that with Wike completing his rule come 2019, the Upland Area of the State may have governed the State for 20 years (Dr. Odili – 8 years, Amaechi – 8 years and Wike – 4 years) without anybody from the Riverine Area testing power as the Governor of the State since its creation.
The move to correct this act is the crime that Amaechi has committed against some uninformed commentators about the politics of Rivers State. The party maintained that it will pursue this goal that will address the injustice meted against the Riverine Area of the State no matter all the plots to frustrate it.
“Let us reassure Nigerians and the international community that we will provide adequate space for all aspirants who want to fly our flag without any discrimination as we are one virile, vibrant and united family. People are allowed to aspire to any leadership position in APC without any fear or inhibition. At the appropriate time when the national leadership of the party clears the processes for primaries, we will organise a very free and fair primaries that will embarrass enemies of the party thereby making the innuendo aimed at blackmailing the leadership of the party in the State unnecessary as we are capable and ready to do the needful at the appropriate time”.
The stand of the party notwithstanding we need to caution and counsel party members to be mindful of their choice of words to avoid creating tension and unwarranted bad blood amongst party faithful and the general public.
The party noted the efforts of those who spearheaded the decimation and killings of most of our people to enable them occupy their present positions in the State. The party assures them that the party will not in any way allow the blood of these martyrs to go in vain.
The party commended the Ogonis for turning out enmasse to accord the party leader in the region a resounding reception indicating that the Ogonis are appreciative of the great things that Amaechi achieved for the area during his golden regime in Rivers State. “Let us reassure the Ogonis that we will do everything humanly possible to ensure the vision of Amaechi to create the greater Bori City will be actualised and that the area will not be neglected further after 2019 as Wike have demonstrated his hatred against the area by denying them basic amenities needed to develop the area. The fact remains that Amaechi’s love for the Ogoni’s is infectious as it is on record that he brought public light to Bori from Port Harcourt and ensured that most roads in Bori were done; placed most of their sons and daughters in crucial positions, granted scholarship to deserving sons and daughters of Ogoni extraction to study in foreign countries, built primary and secondary schools, health centres and roads in the area. Truly Amaechi is a true son of Ogoni as no other government has done these much for the Ogonis.
The party during the epochal event in Bori the headquarters of the Ogoni organised by the Free Rivers Development Initiative under the watch of Engr. Sampson Ngerebara who has proved himself that he is a great Mobilizer received thousands of PDP, Labour Party and I see Group that defected to the party assuring them of equal rights and privileges in the party. With these new entrants the party is now very focused of to cause change of guard in Brick House come 2019.
The party wished those attempting to rewrite the history of how APC was formed good luck but emphasised unequivocally that nobody no matter how highly placed will confuse us not to remember that Amaechi’s life was attempted on various occasions because of the formation of APC and for his unalloyed drive to get President Buhari ouster a sitting President (Dr Goodluck Jonathan) during the 2019 general elections.
The party finally commended and appreciated all the members of the National Working Committee members of APC that attended the Ogoni event particularly the National Youth Leader of APC, the National Vice Chairmen of both North East and South-South Zones, South-South Working Committee, the Ogoni political leaders etc and other friends of the party that attended the Port Harcourt event.