Some members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from Rivers state have taken a protest to the national secretariat of the party, demanding that Senator Magnus Abe be forced to withdraw his case against the party from court or be expelled.
The group under the platform of National Youth Leadership Congress (NYLC) said if the National Working Committee (NWC) refuses to act on the issue, it would be forced to believe that the former senator is allegedly destabilising the party in Rivers in connivance with some NWC members.
Addressing newsmen during a protest which temporarily disrupted activities at the party headquarters, Thursday, the group said they could not continue to ignore the divide and rule going on in the Rivers state chapter of the APC.
Speaking on behalf of the group, its national president, Emmanuel Orgwu, said: “Presently Senator Magnus Abe is in court, the NWC set up a caretaker committee to conduct a congress and Magnus Abe with the names of dead people went to court in connivance with Governor Nyesom Wike and some national leaders of the APC who are enemies of the party to go to court.
“And today we have come to ask the National Working Committee to prevail on Senator Magnus Abe to withdraw the case from court so that we can have a peaceful congress and prepare for 2023 elections and be part of every activity of the party at state and national level.
“That if he (Abe) fails to withdraw the case from court, that Senator Magnus Abe should be expelled forthwith for peace to reign Rivers APC. If you are in APC and PDP and you are building AD you’re not a member of APC. If the NWC fails to do any of these the youths in Rivers state will believe that the NWC is in connivance with Magnus Abe to distabilise APC in Rivers state.”
In a letter submitted to the party official, the group described Senator Magnus Abe as a ‘severely aching tooth with the APC and we are left with one of two alternatives: Either we choose to spend hard earned money for treatments and bear the inconvenience of severe pains at intervals or bear the pain of pulling out the tooth once and for all and get a permanent reprieve. There is always a cost for doing nothing. We are resolved to protect our heritage of making APC be in the conscience of Nigerians except there is an internal connivance’.