Ahead of the 2019 general election, stakeholders of the All Progressives Congress in Rivers East Senatorial District have warned that they will resist any form of imposition of candidates on members of the party.
The stakeholders also endorsed the lawmaker representing Rivers South East, Senator Magnus Abe for the governorship position in Rivers State next year.
One of them, Mr. Oduwa Anosike, who is the President-General of a pro-APC group known as M-30 Worldwide, pointed out that members of the party would not accept a situation where people were handpicked to fly the flag of the party.
Anosike maintained that the era of godfatherism in Rivers APC was gone, even as he assured members of the party that there would be no more imposition of candidates.
He said, “As far as the 2019 election is concerned, we want to eradicate godfatherism in APC. No more imposition of candidates on us. We will not tolerate it; we are assuring the youths of APC that there must be internal democracy in our party.
“We have a Samson that can face a lion; we have a David that can face Goliath in the coming election. That Samson; that David is Senator Magnus Abe.”
Speaking on behalf of the stakeholders, chairman on the occasion and member representing Ikewerre/Emohua Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Elder Chidi Wihioka, explained that they were endorsing Abe for governor next year because the senator supported the current Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, to become governor in 2007.
Wihioka maintained that it was the turn of Ogoni people to produce the next governor of the state, adding that Abe as an Ogoni man remained the best candidate from the area.
Similarly, former Chief of Staff in the immediate past administration in the state, Chief Tony Okocha, said, “There is a difference between a political party and a social club; APC is a political party, which must feature a saleable candidate.
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