A think-tank, the Freedom House, has declared it’s support to the directive of the Acting Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State, Hon. Igo Aguma, on the shutting down of factional APC secretariats in the state.
Director of Freedom House, Wogu Boms, in a statement issued in Port Harcourt, said the group associates itself with with Aguma’s effort at rebuilding and rebranding the beleaguered the party in the state.
It call on all genuine members of the party in the state, not to see any individual or sectional group as the face of the party, no matter how politically connected or financially benevolent they may represent themselves.
The statement reads in part: “Freedom House, a think- tank, registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission, Nigeria, hereby associates itself with and commends Rt. Hon Igo Aguma’s efforts at rebuilding and rebranding the beleaguered APC Rivers State with a view to repositioning it to deliver on its mandate to its members and Rivers people, as a foremost political party.
“In particular, we commend the Acting Chairman’s directive that all factional secretariats in the state be shut down without further delay to make way for a neutral venue for mutual engagements to ensure a possible resolution of the two years’ seemingly intractable but clearly avoidable political stalemate in the party.
“To this end, Freedom House shall collaborate and work in harmony with all sincere seekers of peace for the actualization of the mandate of the Acting Chairman, especially with respect to complying with the directive on the issue shutting down of factional secretariats as no useful peace initiative can take place in a sectional secretariat or compromised environment.
“We hereby passionately call on all genuine members of the party in the state, not to see any individual or sectional group as the face of the party, no matter how politically connected or financially benevolent they may represent themselves, but rather, all should work towards an all-inclusive APC Rivers where every party member is regarded as a worthy member regardless of their political persuasion or economic status. After all, it is one man; one vote, irrespective of any other considerations.”