(By Princess Okpara)-The senator representing Rivers South East at the National Assembly, Magnus Abe, and one of the factional governorship candidates of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Rivers State has declared that the shameful situation the party has found itself was avoidable, and has faulted claims in some quarters that APC in Rivers can go a head and win elections without him.
Speaking in a radio programme, the Ogoni born politician said:
“I have heard Mr. Tonye Cole say the party can do without me. I refuse to respond to that because he does not understand what he is talking about. I think that, as much as possible, the party needs everybody.
“We need the Minister of Transportation, we need me (Senator Abe), we need Elder Chidi Wiyoka, we need Hon. Asita, we need, Oji Ngofa, we need Tonye Cole. Even Dumo Lulu-Briggs that have left the party, we still need them. We should bring people together. That is what politicians do. That is what leaders do. And that is what we need to do so that Rivers State can claim its place in the national politics.
“The only way we can do that is to bring everybody together otherwise we all might be the losers. If we are working together, as difficult as our situation may look, if we approach it together even from within the court we can still get justice”.
The senator, in a statement issued by his spokesman, Parry Saro Banson, argued that the only way the Rivers APC, which is presently entangled in intractable court cases, can move out its present shameful political situation is by people showing respect to one another and admitting the sacrifices that members of the APC have made for the party in Rivers State.
His words: “ I believe that the reason people went to court is because there is no justice. Without justice, there will be no peace. If we want the APC to move forward, grandstanding by anybody including myself will not save the party”, he maintained , adding that the party still stands a chance of resolving its current crisis if stakeholders appreciate the sacrifices made by members to build the party and show respect to one another.
“My own suggestion on the way forward is that I want to talk to our party members. I want people to be able to reason for themselves. Because we are now in a position where it is clear that one person cannot reason for all of us.
“We have to think for ourselves. We have to act to save our party. We have to understand how the party got to where it was. It was not by accident. It was by the deliberate actions of people who mismanaged a situation that could have been better managed. I believe that the reason people went to court is because they want justice”.