With the successful completion of the scheduled nation-wide state congress on Saturday 16 October 2021, Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, has said that the Rivers State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress has tactfully defeated and successfully departed its desert-encroached terrain where it remained stuck since 2019 when it was excluded from the general elections.
Eze gave the clarification on the scenery of the falsehood paraded on social media and pioneered by Senator Abe and his media aids, that a non-member of the APC, Golden Ben Chioma, has emerged Chairman of the Rivers APC in a parallel congress organized by the former South/East Senator and co. in an unknown location around Port Harcourt metropolis on Saturday.
In a statement made available to media houses in Port Harcourt, where he made the clarification on certain issues, Eze said a few weeks back, news trickled in that the said Golden Ben Chioma, has purchased the Chairmanship nomination form to aspire for the Office of Rivers APC Chairman in the scheduled congress.
The timetable for the state congress released by the national office carefully outlined activities for the exercise chief among which include- the purchase of forms, screening of aspirants, and the congress proper.
However, Golden Chioma, it was reliably gathered, was nowhere to be found around the party office till dusk on Thursday 12 October 2021, when other aspirants were screened and cleared to contest the various positions to which they have been nominated.
In fact, by way of preferential treatment and to strengthen participatory democracy in the system, the screening committee defiled all odds and waited for Mr. Golden till nightfall, yet he never showed up.
Similarly, the perfidious absconder again shunned the congress on Saturday 16 October 2021, to attend a meeting with Sen. Magnus Abe and he compares, where he was named Chairman just to paint a picture of the crisis in a very peaceful political organization and further sullies the image of the leader and Transportation Minister, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi.
What more could be a better description of a political joker than a man who buys nomination form for a party office, boycotts the screening exercise, and preferred a club meeting to the congress on the scheduled date, only to appear after the exercise to lay claim to an office he never stood election for?
Against a backdrop of the continuous clamor for his expulsion, the Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi, has again, resolved to forgive the perfidy of the likes of Golden Chioma and their trumpeter, Magnus Abe, and has chosen to ascribe their mistakes to years of uncharacteristic outbursts of anger.
Chief Eze said the Minister took the decision to allow Abe and his friends to formally renew their membership of the APC and begin to make meaningful contributions that will help the party achieve set objectives ahead of 2023.
“Against a background of unprecedented call for the formal declaration of Magnus Abe as a persona non grata in the APC, Amaechi has settled to allow the former Senator and his friends to renew their membership so they can contribute ideas in moving the party forward. You cannot expel a person who is not a member of a party” Eze emphasized.
Chief Eze said the emphasis afore-sited, informed the decision of Golden Chioma to withdraw from the Chairmanship contest halfway, adding that his withdrawal was in order but to crown himself Chairman is antithetical to the provisions of the party constitution and offends human conscience.
“To serve the party in whatever capacity, one has to be a member. Having failed to renew their membership as lawfully directed, Abe and his friends are not fit and proper persons to benefit from constitutionally guaranteed rights and privileges which are the exclusive preserve of party members”.
Eze called on members of the public to disregard the purported news of a parallel congress of the Rivers APC, noting that the only legitimate congress that took place in Rivers State on Saturday 16 October 2021, was the one held at Polo Club, Port Harcourt, which produced Chief Emeka Beke as the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Rivers State.
Calling on Abe, Golden Chioma, and their fleeing friends to formally return home, Eze said the huge success recorded on Saturday has undoubtedly moved the Rivers APC from Egypt and placed her on a speed lane to Canaan Land.
“We are close to Canaan, Meet us at the border between Egypt and the Promised Land” Eze informed Sen. Abe and company.
In summary, Eze affirmed that for Senator Abe to refuse to revalidate his membership of the party and influence his misguided followers from also not to revalidate their membership and still wanting to benefit from positions obtainable and due to only genuine members of the party is nothing but an exhibition of what Senator Okoracha describes as the practice of Iberiberism.
Iberiberism in this regard is the art and practice of foolishness and jumping into political pit blindly and knowingly “I, therefore, plead with elders and Stakeholders from Rivers State to call Abe to order and stop him from his inglorious Strategy of admitting and committing most of our youths to this School of ‘Iberiberism’ thereby disrupting and truncating the political future of most of our youths.