GRAND RIVERS ALLIANCE (GRA) RE- SENATOR ABE'S CLAIM THAT RIVERS APC HAS ZONED THE GOVERNORSHIP TO RIVERS SOUTH-E
GRAND RIVERS ALLIANCE (GRA)
RE- SENATOR ABE’S CLAIM THAT RIVERS APC HAS ZONED THE GOVERNORSHIP TO RIVERS SOUTH-EAST SENATORIAL DISTRICT
The Grand Rivers Alliance, GRA, a pan-Rivers State socio/political group, has seen the video footage circulating in the social media in which Senator Magnus Ngei Abe is seen as saying that the Rivers State chapter of the APC has zoned the Governorship to the South-East Senatorial District.
As a responsible organization, whose main objective is to build the All Progressives Congress, we view that deliberate misinformation of the public by Distinguished Senator Abe with a sense of shock, as it is capable of destabilizing the party.
Senator Magnus Abe, while apparently addressing his supporters, had raised the issue of zoning the governorship in Rivers State and proceeded to give the matter his own personal and obviously biased interpretation of the situation. He said:
“leaders of this party met sometime in 2014 and the governorship of this state as far as APC is concerned, was zoned to the Rivers South-East Senatorial District. As far as I know and as far as you know, there has been no meeting of the APC where that decision to zone our governorship to the Rivers S/East Senatorial District has been reversed … And so, as a decision of our party, as far as I know and we know the governorship of this party has been zoned and it is zoned to the Rivers South-East Senatorial District”.
To put the matter in its proper perspective, we want to agree with Senator Magnus Abe that the decision being referred to here by the good Senator was indeed taken in 2014 when the leaders of the party had met and agreed to zone the governorship of the state to the Rivers South-East Senatorial District, but we want to state categorically and for the avoidance of doubt, that the decision which Senator Abe has quoted so copiously and with definitive finality, was actually a 2014 decision made by the leaders of the party SPECIFICALLY for the 2015 governorship election.
Indeed, we wish to recall to Senator Abe, the words of the leader of the Party, His Excellency Rt. Hon Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi on that occasion. The then Rivers State Governor and Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum, had stated categorically that equity, natural justice and fair judgement were the salient criteria used in arriving at the 2014 decision of the party.
We also wish to state here unequivocally and without prejudice to anybody or interests that, just as Senator Magnus Abe rightly observed, that the Rivers State APC is yet to make any zoning pronouncement concerning the 2019 polls and it is our considered position that, any attempts by any individual or group(s) to misrepresent the APC and in so doing impute unfounded and unsubstantiated interpretations, with the intent to mislead the public and party faithful, is unwholesome, unreasonable and provocative for our collective efforts and desire to build our party and position ourselves solidly ahead of the 2019 elections, at all levels.
We are convinced that when our party would make pronouncements on the 2019 governorship election, it would be guided by the same spirit of “equity, natural justice and fair judgement” in tandem with the shared Rivers sensibilities, considering the unfortunate emergence of Nyesom Ezenwon Wike as governor in 2015 and the unplanned extension of upland rule in the state. The circumstances that defined and determined the decisions of the party in 2014 are no longer exactly the same.
The Grand Rivers Alliance therefore views this very strange and unfortunate political gambit by Senator Magnus Abe as an attempt to circumvent the ongoing articulate and determined advocacy and campaign for the governorship to rotate to Rivers Ijaw in 2019.
Be that as it may, we however wish to remind Senator Magnus Abe of the reasons he quoted as responsible for his decamping from the PDP to the APC and to advise him to be patient, display the maturity expected of a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and join hands with our party leader, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi and other dedicated, committed and progressive thinking leaders of Rivers APC, to unite the party and provide the best possible and most formidable challenge for the governorship of Rivers state in 2019.
Let’s join hands to build our party first and repose full and complete confidence in the wisdom and direction of our party leadership to do the needful in deciding and endorsing a winning position and personality for the party in the 2019 governorship election in Rivers state.
God Bless APC
God Bless Rivers State
God Bless Nigeria
Rt. Hon. Iyk Oji, JP