(By Chris K.Amadi)-Senator Magnus Abe has called on all members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Rivers State to dwell more on things that will unite and advance the course of the party rather than on words and deeds that will introduce factions and weaken the party.
Abe, senator representing Rivers South East senatorial district and frontline governorship
aspirant in the APC, was speaking at the commissioning of the second secretariat of the Rivers State APC in Port Harcourt on Friday, adding that the new secretariat became necessary in order to provide a place that is open to all members of the party.
The former secretary to Rivers State Government however maintained that time has come for members of the party to sink their differences and work together in order to take over government in the State.
“Let me say that time has come for us to make peace in the party. People should not see peace as defeat. Peace is what we need to move the party forward.
“The proper thing for us to do is to begin to look for things that will bring us together. I want to say without fear or favour, we need a united APC in Rivers State. That is why this secretariat is open to every member of the party, who is desirous of victory for the party.
“We can achieve that in an atmosphere of peace that respects the rights of other people and be ready to accommodate the voices of dissent,” Abe insisted while adding that the new secretariat is open to all members of the APC in the state irrespective of affiliation.
He maintained that the executive members of the Rivers APC who were at the commissioning of the new secretariat represents all the interests in the party.
His words: “It is important that we remember that this executive of our party is the only executive of this party that was put together by all groups in the party. There is no group that did not participate in putting this executive together.
“The executive is therefore open to everybody in the party. This is the executive that was in place when the court gave the order that the party should return to status quo. It voided the congresses at that time.
“Let me say that, therefore, in view of the existing legal situation in the All Progressives Congress in Rivers State, this is the only executive that has no legal impediment. It is therefore open to all members of this party and can serve every interest”.
“I want to associate myself with them. I can say that I support them and I stand with them because this is the only executive that is open to everybody.
“This is the only secretariat where you do not have to preach any message of hate against any individual before you can enter”.
“As long as you believe in APC, as long as you believe in Buhari and you know that Oshiomhole is our chairman, this secretariat is your own”, the governorship aspirant concluded.
Earlier in his welcome address, Acting Chairman of APC in the State, Prince Peter Odike, urged all members of the party in the state to sink their differences and join hands to move the party forward.
Odike, who was represented by the Party’s Legal Adviser, Chieme Chienweikpe, said unfortunate events in the last few months forced the party to relocate.