(By Iheanyi Ezinwo)-Senator Magnus Abe, senator representing Rivers south east at the National Assembly has not been a happy man. In 2014, his plan to run for the office of governor of Rivers State was aborted. While he was licking his wounds after he was schemed out, Dakuku Peterside was parading himself as the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Rivers State, having been given the ticket. He was to be defeated by Barr. Ezenwo Wike, who went on to become the governor of Rivers State.
However, determined that affliction would not arise the second time, the Ogoni born politician had declared ab initio, that he would take his destiny in his own hands, and behind his governorship aspiration are multitudes from across the different ethnic groups in Rivers State. No sooner had the political process started than his supporters excluded from participating in the ward congresses, after paying for the forms, and this development triggered a flurry of protests and court actions.
Although the senator maintains that he has no personal issues with Tonye Cole, the aspirant anointed by Rotimi Amaechi, Nigeria’s minister of transportation, he contends that it was irregular and unjust to scheme out loyal and known party members in order to hand the governorship ticket through an indirect primary to Tonye Cole, someone he said was not a known party man in Rivers State.
Meanwhile, a Port Harcourt High Court presided by Justice Chinwendu Nwogu had on Thursday declared null and void all the elections of Rivers APC Ward, Local Government and State Executive Committees that arose from ward congresses that were conducted illegally.
The court also nullified the nomination of Mr. Tonye Cole as the Governorship Candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Rivers State; Senatorial, House of Representatives and House of Assembly Primaries conducted based on the illegal ward congresses.
Although the APC in Rivers State has vowed to appeal the judgment it is becoming increasingly difficult for observers to know when the litigation will end, and in whose favour, especially against the background of both parties unwilling to shift grounds.
In our considered opinion, Abe’s declaration that there will be no peace in Rivers APC until he gets justice, is a strong indication that the whirlwind of revolt may become more vehement to the point of possibly rocking the boat and truncating Rivers APC’s journey to 2019, unless there is an amicable settlement.