Abe denies link with opposition over APC congress saga


Sen. Magnus Abe of the All Progressives Congress (APC), representing Rivers South-East in the National Assembly, has denied links with the opposition party.

Magnus made the denial in an interview with newsmen in Port Harcourt on Monday while reacting to allegations that he was hobnobbing with the opposition to fight the party.

Abe has been complaining of high-handedness by the APC leadership in the conduct of the ward and local government congresses.

Meanwhile, Some aggrieved members of the party allegedly loyal to Abe had gone to court, challenging the conduct of the ward congress in the state.

Following the legal action, Justice Chiwendu Nworgu of a Port Harcourt High Court, had granted an order stopping the party’s local government congress.

The senator, who had already expressed his intention to contest the governorship of Rivers, said he was only interested in the enforcement of due process in the conduct of the exercise.

He said that those linking his stand as signifying alliance with the opposition, were only calling him a bad name in order to disparage his political interests.

“When they say I am working with the opposition, I wonder what they mean; when did it become wrong to demand for intra-party democracy and level playing field.

“The same thing people did when they were not given a level playing field in our former party is what is being done today; why call it a bad name?” he asked.

Abe said that the APC in Rivers denied its members who had paid for nomination forms access to participate in the elections.

Meanwhile, Rivers APC Spokesman, Mr Chris Finebone, has said that the party did not sideline any member in the course of the exercise.

He said that some persons had invaded and destroyed property in the state party secretariat before it could commence the issuance of forms.

“The party then directed its members interested in contesting positions at the wards levels to proceed to their wards for the forms.

“The ward congresses held peacefully and due processes were followed; forget all these stories; they are simply baseless,’’ Finebone said.