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There is no end in sight to the crisis rocking the Rivers State All Progressives Congress (APC), which is still licking the wounds of electoral defeat in the last general elections. The two key leaders, Transportation Minister Rotimi Amaechi and Senator Magnus Abe, have refused to sheathe their swords. Southsouth Bureau Chief BISI OLANIYI reports
The protracted rift between Transportation Minister Rotimi Amaechi and Senator Magnus Abe has remained unresolved. Reconciliation has broken down between the two camps. The division has continued to take its toll on the crisis ridden All Progressives Congress APC in Rivers State.
Amaechi and Abe were friends.
The governor appointed Abe as the Secretary to the State Government (SSG).
In 2011, Abe represented of Rivers Southeast Senatorial District on PDP platform, while he showed interest in taking over from Amaechi in 2015 on the APC platform, but the former member of the House of Representatives, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, now the Director-General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), emerged as the governorship standard bearer of APC. He “lost” to Chief Nyesom Wike of the PDP. Abe returned to the Senate.
Ahead of the 2019 primary and elections, Abe alleged that many of his supporters were disenfranchised during Rivers APC’s ward, local government and state congresses. He challenged the development at the Rivers State High Court in Port Harcourt.
At the peak of the crisis, the then Deputy Chairman of APC in Rivers, Chief Peter Odike, joined Abe, along with some stalwarts of the party, thereby forming a parallel APC, with the factional secretariat at Waterlines Bus Stop on Aba Road, Port Harcourt. Odike became the factional Chairman, with Ojukaye Flag-Amachree emerging as the duly-recognised Chairman.