Fallout of Ward Congresses: Rivers APC leaders in mudslinging


Leaders of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Rivers state seem to be washing their dirty linens in the open over the just concluded ward congresses in the State.

In an apparent response to claims that everyone has made enormous sacrifices for the survival of the APC in the state, the Senator representing Rivers South-West District, Senator Magnus Abe has maintained that he made sacrifices too.

Senator Abe in a Facebook post said he is being pushed to join issues with the leader of the APC in the South-South, Rotimi Amaechi.

He stated how the bills for the contract of lawyers that prosecuted the Elections Petition Tribunal were footed, stressing that the Minister of Transportation was not fully responsible for the bills.

The Senator also touched on his strained relationship with the Deputy National Secretary of the APC, Victor Giadom and how he appointed the latter, his kinsman as Director-General of the Dakuku Peterside Campaign Organization for the 2015 General election.

According to him, “I have restrained myself from joining issues with members of our party unnecessarily. All this acrimony will not help the party and it deflects from the main issues.

“But just to set the records straight I have always expressed appreciation to the Hon minister of transportation for his support to all of us in the 2015 elections including the court process.

“All of us who took part in the process will recollect the many contributions made by others including myself. I have refrained from talking about all these so as not to give the impression that I am in any way unappreciative of the contributions of others.

“The logistics challenges and others were enormous but we came together as one family and shouldered it all. Who paid all the hotel bills for the lawyers in Port-Harcourt.

“Yes the bills for the lead counsel was paid by the minister but all other lawyers were paid for by myself and the members of the House of Representatives.

“I am still receiving demands from some the lawyers for outstanding legal bills which we are still paying on behalf of the party including some of those who are today on the “other side”. I have never gone on National television to talk about it.

“Lastly, after the 2014 primaries I was given the privilege by the party to nominate a DG for the Dakuku campaign and I nominated Victor Giadom. He was not at the meeting when I nominated him and I could have nominated anyone else if I so wished.

“The expectation was that the DG coming from me will work to close the Gaps in the party. How well that worked is left for the public to Judge. It should be clear that taking a position I gave to you can not be a source of disagreement with me. There must be another reason.

“Attached here is a recent demand notice from one of our lawyers at the tribunal which I am still dealing with.

“Let elders behave like elders, let us tone down the mudslinging and focus on how we can save the party.”

On his part, former Leader of the Rivers state House of Assembly, Chidi Lloyd told newsmen in Port Harcourt that Senator Abe has been the highest beneficiary of Amaechi’s magnanimity.

Lloyd who said ambition is free, likened Abe’s ambition to Shakespeare’s classic, Macbeth: “When you the distinguished Senator, you remember Macbeth whose ambition led to kill his guest, Duncan.”

“It gets me really insensed when some people say they have made sacrifices for the party. What sacrifice is greater than what I Chidi Lloyd made on July 19, 2013.

“I foiled the first civilian coup in the Rivers state House of Assembly. For that reason, I was sent to prison and handcuffed. A place where I never thought I would ever be.

“If not for what some of us did back then, will some people have been Senators today.”


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