By Gladys Nweke
Senator Magnus Abe Rivers South-East has declared an end to his 2019 governorship ambition in Rivers state.
The declaration followed the last week’s Supreme Court judgment on the matter bordering on the 2019 governorship candidacy for the state All Progressives Congress (APC) in the general elections.
Abe also noted the Supreme Court pronouncement has also brought to an end to the issue of faction in the state party.
He called on all members to come together and move the party forward. He spoke on Sunday at the APC stakeholders meeting in Port Harcourt.
He also noted by the development, APC’s dreams for elective political positions in 2019 in Rivers have been laid to rest.
He vowed to rebuild the party in the state and called on every member to join hands together to achieve the dream.
He blamed the unfortunate fate that befell the party in the polls on high handedness of some persons in the party who exalted themselves above others members.
Also urged his supporters not to address him “Magnus for Governor 2019 and 2023 whenever APC is mentioned” that they should follow the slogan of APC which says Change.
According to him, if every member of the party was given equal right to participate in APC’s activities, the experience would have been different.
He said the Supreme Court judgment is a precedent for future reference, adding that no more will anyone politically suppress other party members in the country.
Abe said, “With the last week Supreme Court pronouncement on our candidacy matter, I have ended my ambition for 2019 here in Rivers.
“This time again, the court upheld the Rivers State High Court judgment of Justice Chiwendu Wogu, which authenticates the leadership of Peter Odike as the current APC state chairman where I contested for governorship.
“We have come to fight for Representation in government, every human being as members of APC should be treated with respect.
“We have sacrificed so much, we may not be holding anything now but because of what we have done politics will be better in our country.
“We need to be realistic so that we can move forward. The dream that we have in the state is laid to rest because of the pronouncement of the Supreme Court of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in our suit before it.
“As a lawyer we know that the Supreme Court is infallible. That pronouncement by the Supreme Court brought to an end our agitation. But God knows the reason, He (God) who knows what we do not know, made His decision.”
He noted Peter Odike’s factional APC remains the authentic party in the state. The Congress they held still remains voided. No other person or group can parade as APC executives based on the Supreme Court judgment.
The Senator representing Rivers South-East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Senator Magnus Ngei Abe has said that the task of rebuilding the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State rest on all those who have an interest in seeing the party grow.
This is as he appealed to the national leadership of the party to refrain from doing anything that will promote illegality and confusion within the party in Rivers State.
Abe stated this during a stakeholders meeting of the APC, called at the instance of the State Chairman, Prince Peter Odike at the party secretariat in Port Harcourt on Sunday.
Senator Abe said he has dropped his ambition of becoming the Governor of Rivers State in 2019 following the ruling of the Supreme Court that has ended the legal tussle in the party; but said it is left for party members, not one man to decide the direction and future of the party in the state.
“Everybody who wants to be part of the APC should come let us build the party. I have ended my own ambition for 2019 here, today. I am now a member of the party just like everybody else, and I am ready to support the party in any way.
“I call on everybody who has interest in this party, whose expectations, aspirations one way or the other were not met to also drop whatever ambitions they have. Let us come together and face the task of rebuilding our party.
“There is one single rule of progress which I will like to share with all of you. That rule is that when you are in a hole, stop digging. There is no point pretending that the APC in Rivers State is not in a hole. We are in a hole. Let us stop digging.
“Because if you continue to dig, you go deeper into the hole; so all those who are accusing anybody against anybody, blaming anybody, doing this or that let us stop it so that we can save this party.
“This appeal is across board. In moving forward it will take a lot of sacrifices on the part of everybody. We must understand that it is our own determination that will make the APC work for Rivers people”.
He urged the party’s leadership to work with the Peter Odike led executive in the state which is recognized by an extant court judgment in order to begin the task of putting things right in the party.
“Based on the existing judgment of the Supreme Court, which stopped the congresses in Rivers State at that time and voided those that have been held, the only legitimate executive of the party is the one that the court says should maintain the status quo.
“That is the executive led by Chief Peter Odike. There is every need therefore to begin the urgent, necessary, important and inescapable task of putting the APC together in Rivers State. And it has to be done through the legitimate executive of the party.
“I wish to use this opportunity to call on the National Leadership of the party to stop doing anything that will promote illegality, confusion, and problem in the APC in Rivers State.
“They should work with Odike so that we can begin to put things together. For there to be order, decency, and progress in any society, there must be an end to every dispute and every litigation.
“So the pronouncement by the Supreme Court brought an end to our agitation for the direct primaries.
“Henceforth, when you hear APC do not say Magnus for Governor, do not say Magnus the Governor, do not say Magnus 2023. Do not say anything. Say change. That is the slogan of our party”.
In his remark, Senator Wilson Ake stated that no one individual can decide who becomes what in the APC in the State, stressing the need for peoples’ views to be respected.
Earlier, State Chairman of the APC, Prince Peter Odike lauded all members and supporters of the party who stood firmly on the side of justice and equity.
“By doing this you have just ensured that our great party successfully passed through the firmament of political refinement and will hopefully emerge stronger in democratic ethos, principles, and practice. These are virtues which will definitely engrave our party in the political minds of the electorates and will guarantee electoral victory, going forward.
“Even the Supreme Court, the highest court in the Federal Republic of Nigeria has authenticated our leadership in the state. It has equally provided the party with the best opportunity to reconcile varying interests,” Odike stated.