The All Progressives Congress (APC) crisis in Rivers State has taken a different turn as the faction loyal to the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike, urged the party leadership to avoid considering loyalists of the former Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, for juicy appointments.
Naija News reports that Wike’s camp, during a meeting with the APC national chairman, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, argued that Amaechi’s camp, alongside the governorship candidate, Tonye Cole, and former member of the House of Representatives, Dakuku Peterside, failed to support Tinubu in the February 25th election.
The group also called on Ganduje to adhere to an existing court order that allegedly endorsed the Amaechi-led group’s expulsion from the Party.
They said, “These group of persons who we liken as Watermelon, with the characteristic feature of presenting Green on the outside but Red on the inside.
“We pray, Mr. Chairman, to discountenance the machinations of the pretenders, who, via hues and cries and trumping up lies, want to negate the Natural law that aptly recommends that one reaps where the one sows.
“Those persons Never supported the Party, nor are they sincere in their hearts, to be happy that President Tinubu made it to the Presidency.
“The only group in APC Rivers State legitimate to seek compensation for the victory of APC/Tinubu in Rivers State is the one here.”
In response, Ganduje appreciated the Wike’s faction for the role played during the presidential election, however, there is a need for the party stalwarts to bury their hatchets and resolve to work harmoniously with one another.
Reacting, the former governor of Kano State also demanded that the group should allow the National Working Committee (NWC) to look into the constitution and resolve things appropriately.
He said, “And one important question that you asked and we to ask is how come we won the presidential election and lost the state election. You said that was a miracle. Yes, if you say a miracle, there must be a messiah.
“So we have to thank you for the position election, we have to not only thank you, we have to congratulate you, and what you did is as a result of what we are enjoying now.
“Because without winning the federal election, across many states, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed could not have become the president of this country.
“So we have to congratulate you on that. But what we are saying, yes, there is confusion in the Party, but we don’t want members to overhit the system, we are focused, we are organized, and we work scientifically in politics.
“And therefore, you give us an enabling environment, give us a chance so that we can put a round peg in a round hole, a square peg in a square hole so that we maintain our dignity as a party.
“We have to capitalize on what we have, we have to capitalize on the fact that we have won the national election in River State. We are not extracting anything less again, but give us a chance to see how we can have both the states and the national election together.
“Whatever it is, we have received your address, and the Party will come in and see how we can get a solid party leadership so that we can move forward. But what we are begging is not to overheat the system.
“Overheating the system, some will go for litigation, and then a vicious cycle will come again. We don’t want too much analysis because they say too much analysis leads to paralysis.
“So give us a chance so that we can consult, so that we look at the constitution of APC, and then we wait and see how we can put things in order.”