A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State, Senator Magnus Abe, has said the crisis within the party structure in the state would help the party win elections in the state.
Senator Magnus Abe, who is representing Rivers South senatorial district, said the crisis was a an effect of the process that led to the emergence of Tonye Cole as the governorship candidate of the party in the state.
Abe, on Friday, through a statement signed by his spokesman, Mr Parry Benson, in Port Harcourt, said it was only natural for members of the party to protest the process.
He said, “First of all, the issue of whoever that emerges as the candidate of the party, I totally subscribe to that, but what is the process by which the candidate would emerge.
“This is the issue, when you use a process that cannot produce a candidate who is acceptable to the law.
”Our party is made up of human beings, people that have put their lives on the line to create and sustain the party called APC in Rivers State, they are still alive and not dead.
“Those people have the right to fight for what they believe is right and I do not think that it will weaken the party.
“I think at the end of the day, our party will come out stronger if we do the right thing,” Abe said.
According to Abe, a governorship aspirant of the party in the State, Mr Dumo Lulu Briggs, also left owing to lack of internal democracy within the party.
“If the process was free, fair and credible, how come people who participated in the process when it started didn’t accept it,” Abe said.
He, however, urged members of the party to settle their differences in the interest of the party.
“Whether it is Tonye Cole or I, it will get to a point where we see clearly that this is where we stand; then all of us must be able to come together and put aside our pride and our differences and help the party to survive,” he said.
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