There were massive protests in parts of Rivers State over the recent decision of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to recognise candidates elected through indirect primaries by the Hon. Ojukaye Flag-Amachree-led State Executive Committee (SEC) of the party in Rivers State.
The protesters, who are APC members march through the streets of Bori, headquarters of Rivers South-East senatorial district and Ahoada-Town, headquarters of Rivers West senatorial district of the state.
Displaying placards with various inscriptions, the protesters called on the NWC of the APC to recognise Senator Magnus Ngei Abe as the governorship candidate of the APC in the state as well as other candidates elected through direct primaries by the Prince Peter Odike-led faction.
They also demanded compliance with the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party who had earlier endorsed direct primaries for Rivers State APC.
Addressing the protesters in Bori, an APC chieftain, Hon. Austin Nwakoh, said the decision of the NWC of the party contravenes the decision of the party’s NEC.
Nwakoh said: “NWC decision contrivance the decision of the National Executive Committee (NEC) which is the highest decision making body of the party after delegates convention.”
He stated that the decision of the NEC that states with pending legal issues should go for direct primaries, stressing that they will use all legal means to make sure that will of the people prevail.
The APC chieftain, who recounted the political marginalization done to the people of Rivers South-East senatorial district for over 50 years, recalled how Abe was attack with a rubber bullet
Speaking also, a youth leader in the area Bethel Oko-Jaja, said no candidate who is less than one month in the party would be accepted to become the party’s gubernatorial candidate.
Oko-Jaja said, “No first-timer will be ordained a bishop in any Church, thus, the said candidate is less than a month in our party we all suffered to build.”
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