PORT HARCOURT/Nigeria: A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, has commended the Party’s National Leader, Senator Bola Tinubu, National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, erstwhile Vice Chairman of APC in Rivers State, Prince Peter Odike, and several others for shunning the Opening of an illegal Rivers APC Parallel Secretariat by Senator Magnus Abe.
Eze, in a statement issued on Wednesday in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, recalled that Abe and his group had inundated the social media ahead of the office opening on August 16, 2018 in Port Harcourt, “claiming that these great leaders of the party would not only grace the commissioning but would play active roles during the event.” He said it would have been disastrous and impacted negatively on the image of the party if the party leaders had attended the illegal event.
Eze, former National Spokesman of the defunct New PDP (nPDP) and foundation member of APC, described as most unfortunate the decision of Abe, the Senator representing Rivers South East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, to open an illegal parallel State Secretariat of APC in Rivers State despite being aware that the party has a functional State Secretariat occasioned by a legal Congress sanctioned and monitored by the National leadership of APC.
He expressed shock that “Senator Abe, who is a respected legal practitioner, could involve himself in such an illegality and rascality of opening a parallel State Secretariat of a party that is very much united.” He noted that for a parallel or factional party to exist there must be a parallel congress conducted by the aggrieved party members, saying that was not done by Abe and his supporters.
According to Eze, “Opening a parallel State Executive in the circumstances is not only mischievous, ill-conceived, sad and illegal but is also tantamount to anti-party activities, which is a very serious offence if the party’s constitution is to be strictly followed.”
Eze, who described Abe as his close friend and associate, pleaded with him to remember the efforts that were made to accommodate him and his supporters in the conduct of the congresses in Rivers State and allow peace to reign instead of playing into the hands of Governor Nyesom Wike, “knowing the evil omen that his government represents to Rivers State and her people.”
He advised Abe and his supporters to explore the provisions of the constitution of the party in seeking redress for whatever grievances he may have against the party instead of pursuing a course which they may later regret.