From Blessing Ibunge, Port Harcourt
Thousands of aggrieved members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bori, headquarters of Khana Local Government Area of Rivers State have protested the decision of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) on the just-concluded APC primaries in the state.
The protesters, who were mainly APC chieftains from South East Senatorial District, expressed dismay that the NWC could truncate the earlier decision of the party’s National Executive Council (NEC) to hold direct primaries in Rivers and went ahead with indirect primaries to favour the Minister of Transportation, Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi’s faction.
The protesters under the platform of Senator Magnus Abe’s APC faction, said that they embarked on the exercise to express their displeasure over the NWC decision on the state primaries, alleging that the national chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, adopted the indirect primaries because of the appointment of the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, as the Director- General of the Buhari Campaign Council.
Some of the protesters, who were elected APC candidates from direct primaries, said that the party laws stated that for a member to vie for any position he must have been a member for about two years, adding that the constitution of the party must be obeyed.
They dismissed the confirmation of Tonye Cole as the APC governorship candidate in the state.
The protesters, who spoke with The AUTHORITY at Bori, claimed that their candidate, Senator Magnus Ngei Abe won the direct governorship primary and remained the only authentic and elected APC candidate to run for the 2019 governorship election.