Abe: APC winning 2019 polls in Rivers needs more efforts


The senator representing Rivers Southeast, Magnus Abe, has said the possibility of the All Progressives Congress (APC) taking over the Government House in Port Harcourt in the 2019 election from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will require the efforts of all stakeholders.

The senator urged councilors elected on the platform of the APC in 2015 and other critical stakeholders to ensure that the party’s candidates win the 2019 elections.

Abe spoke when members of the Rivers Councilors’ Forum (RCF) of the 8th Assembly from the 319 wards of Rivers state on APC’s platform, visited him in Port Harcourt yesterday to congratulate him on his victory at the poll.

He sympathized with the councilors on their plight, adding that the only way their neglect could be addressed was for APC to take over the seat of power in Rivers.

Abe, who is also the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA), accused the Nyesom Wike administration of short-sightedness in the distribution of the state’s resources.

The senator said the state’s resources should not be the exclusive rights of PDP members only but for every Rivers indigene.

He said: “The APC is not just a political party; it is an idea and the idea of the APC is justice. It means what you can do in another setting will be difficult to do in the APC. The party is a vision that Nigerians of all works of life, from every social and economic standing, came together in pursuit of its common vision. The vision was to have a better country, a fairer country, a society in which there will be justice for all. Isn’t that what we came to look for in APC?

“We were running away from injustice. We were running away from the impunity that existed elsewhere. We decided and we felt that in coming to the APC, we would escape all those things. We cannot come to the APC and see more than what we saw before. It will not work.

“I thank those who tried to stop you (councilors) from coming because if they did not try to stop you, half of you would not have been here. You are here principally because you want to show that you cannot be stopped and you have shown the world that you cannot be stopped. So, let me thank those who tried to stop you for making this meeting a most successful political gathering of grassroots politicians of the APC.

 “Let me say there is nothing that is going on that is so strange. I have confidence in the ability of our leadership to resolve whatever challenges or problems that may come up in the party. Those who think that if there are issues in the party, it means the party will scatter or anybody will leave, do not understand how hungry and angry we are.