Rivers APC: Battle has just begun - Senator Abe

Rivers APC: Battle has just begun - Senator Abe

- Senator Magnus Abe has rejected the adoption of Tonye Cole as the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Rivers state by the party’s NWC

- Abe declared that the battle for who remains the candidate of the party for the 2019 gubernatorial election in the state has just begun

- The Rotimi Amaechi-led faction recently produced Cole as its candidate; while Abe’s faction produced him as its candidate

Senator Magnus Abe has rejected the adoption of Tonye Cole as the governorship candidate of the APC in Rivers state by the party’s NWC saying the battle for who remains the candidate of the party for the 2019 gubernatorial election in the state has just begun.

Vanguard reports that Abe made this known in Port Harcourt, Rivers state, following Cole’s adoption based on the report of the governorship primaries committee that supervised the indirect process in the state.

Rotimi Amaechi-led faction recently produced Tonye Cole as its candidate; while Abe’s faction produced him as its candidate.

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Abe said: “I am sure you are all aware of the current decision of the NWC of our party which accepted the report that returned Tonye Cole elected, based on the indirect primary conducted in the state.

“The battle has just begun. The party has set up an appeal. We will take advantage of the appeal panel and forward our case.

“The result of the indirect primary remains unacceptable and will remain unacceptable. The indirect primary was a charade set up by a few individuals to bring in their candidate. We will not accept that result.

“We are now faced with a fact that a man who just joined the party can claim to be a candidate of the party. This is against the wish of everybody who has worked for the party.

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“I don’t have anything against Tonye Cole because he is my friend. But we are politicians and we are fighting for justice. Without truth there can be no justice and without justice there can be no peace.

“This is the situation we have talked and warned about, when the minister of transportation called a meeting of the party and started the event that has resulted to this.”

Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that two governorship candidates emerged from parallel primary elections in the Rivers state chapter of the APC.

Direct primary election was adopted by the faction of the party loyal to Senator Magnus Abe, while the faction loyal to the minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, went for indirect primaries.

There were four candidates, overall, who were vying for the party’s gubernatorial ticket in 2019. The Amaechi-led faction produced Tonye Cole, former executive director of Sahara Group, as its candidate; while Abe’s faction produced him as its candidate.

The Amaechi-led faction produced Tonye Cole, former executive director of Sahara Group, as its candidate; while Abe’s faction produced him as its candidate.

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Source: Naija.ng

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