By Barth Ndubuwah, Port Harcourt
As the crisis rocking the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State continues to give members sleepless nights, some party faithful have cried out, stating categorically that only peace planked on fairness that can save the party.
Addressing journalists Sunday in Port Harcourt, after a crucial meeting of some concerned members of the party, the Convener of the meeting, Hon Emmanuel Deyaa ,a chieftain of APC said no matter how much they quarrel and misunderstand among themselves , peace remains the best option for the party to move forward.
“The essence of this meeting therefore is to chart a new course. You recall that the Supreme Court ruled that until the APC candidates that were excluded from the party primaries preceding the 2019 general elections after obtaining nomination forms are allowed to participate in the party congresses, APC cannot be said to be ready for election in Rivers State. So there is no way we can continue to do the same thing and expect to have different result. The proper thing is to allow those previously excluded to participate in a repeat Congress of the party, instead constituting a CTC to organize a fresh primary,” Deyaa said.
On his part during the meeting, the former lawmaker representing Ikwerre Federal Constituency at the House of Representatives ,Chidi Wihioka said as long as members of APC continue to misbehave, the problem of the party will remain. He emphasized the fact that nobody is bigger than the party and as such a leader must behave well to earn support and loyalty of members.
Igo Aguma, another APC stalwart said he went to court to challenge the illegality of the CTC constituted by the National Executive Council (NEC) of the party to conduct fresh congresses in Rivers State.
He said there is no way an illegal CTC can conduct a legal Congress.
According to him, the proper thing would have been to repeat the botched congresses with all the aspirants, especially those previously excluded participating.
Another APC chieftain and former Commissioner for Agriculture in Rivers State, Hon Emma Chinda however faulted the process of organizing the peace meeting without the principal actors in the persons of the party leader, Rt Hon Rotimi Amaechi and Magnus Abe.