Rotimi Amaechi

Senator Magnus Abe (APC-Rivers South East) has condemned the minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi and leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State.

Abe had emerged the candidate of the party in a direct primary conducted in the state by the Peter Odike-led APC.

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The lawmaker rejected the adoption of Tonye Cole as the governorship candidate of the APC by the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party.

Speaking in Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital, Abe stated that the battle for who flies the party’s flag for the 2019 governorship election in the state has just begun.

The lawmaker said: “I am sure you are all aware of the current decision of the NWC of our party which accepted the report that returned Tonye Cole elected, based on the indirect primary conducted in the state.

“The battle has just begun. The party has set up an appeal. We will take advantage of the appeal panel and forward our case.

“The result of the indirect primary remains unacceptable and will remain unacceptable. The indirect primary was a charade set up by a few individuals to bring in their candidate. We will not accept that result.

“We are now faced with a fact that a man who just joined the party can claim to be a candidate of the party. This is against the wish of everybody who has worked for the party.

“I don’t have anything against Tonye Cole because he is my friend. But we are politicians and we are fighting for justice. Without truth there can be no justice and without justice there can be no peace.

“This is the situation we have talked and warned about when the Minister of Transportation called a meeting of the party and started the event that has resulted to this.”