Chief Eze Chukwurmeka Eze, a passionate member and critical follower of events within the All Progressives Congress in Rivers State and Nigeria in general, in his expression and demonstration of love and desire for a virile, vibrant, focused and united Rivers Chapter of the APC took time in a 20 paged memoranda, to expose the problems tossing the party around as well as their unrepentant perpetrators, in compliance with the suggestion of the APC National Reconciliation Committee headed by an astute administrator and elder statesman, Chief Bisi Akande, and supported by concerned and committed progressives, that aggrieved members of the party should state their grievances and suggests ways for the resolution of such grievances.
Let me at this juncture congratulate and commend members of this historical Committee on your appointment at this period to reconcile some of the aggrieved members of our great party.
It becomes imperative also to commend President Mohammadu Buhari, and the leadership of the APC over this inspired moves to reconcile warring factions within the chapters of the party that are having divisive and internal conflicts.
To achieve this particularly in Rivers State, I wish to suggest to the national leadership of the Party to take a closer look at the Rivers APC crisis because its own case is different and unique.
Chief Eze, an erstwhile National Publicity Secretary of the defunct New Peoples Democratic Party, (nPDP), in his well drafted memorandum, traced the crisis that engulfed the party in Rivers State to 2014, when Senator Magnus Abe couldn’t clinch the party’s gubernatorial ticket and resolved to side a group of party stakeholders to sabotage the fortunes of the party during the 2015 general elections.
The party chieftain said, Abe and his coconspirators continued with their denigration of the party beyond 2015, when the group embarked on an obvious destructive mission with the determination that the party would not field any candidate during the 2019 general elections, and this was the result.
Not relenting in their satanic and anti people assignment, the group has once again, vowed that the party will not exist to participate in the 2023 general elections in Rivers State, reason being why they have defiled all hands on solution to the problems of the party in Rivers State, and has continued to push passionately for the extinction of the party to pave way for the opposition in state as they have done in previous elections.
As a recompense for the success of their unholy venture and treacherous alliance with the People’s Democratic Party in Rivers State, some of them have been appointed into the Rivers State Executive Council under a PDP Government, others have formally joined PDP in droves and others have contested elective elections under PDP and won while others are in confidence, waiting for their own reward for a job well done.
Eze maintained that the Akande led Reconciliation Committee may face some hurdles trying to reconcile the party with such group of persons who have done much harm, not only to the party but also the electorates who were disenfranchised, as well as key members whose desires to represent the people at the parliament and in other positions in the government were abruptly terminated.
Accordingly, Eze described the latest effort by one Igo Aguma, who is continuing in the footsteps of Abe as unwholesome and another grand plot to keep the party debased, haven volunteered himself as a willing tool in hands of the Rivers State government and the People’s Democratic Party to weaken the APC, a party he claims to be a member, so that it will not offer any strong resistance to Rt. Hon. Austin Opara, the mooted candidate to clinch the PDP ticket for the 2023 general elections.
Eze highlighted that if such plot succeeds, it will entail the Ikwerre ethnic Nationality governing Rivers State for 24 years to the determinant of other tribes in the state.
“Should APC play along in this devious plot by Governor Nyesom Wike, I am not sure the other tribes in Rivers State will ever forgive the leadership of the APC for such a blunder”.
Continuing, Chief Eze said, “the party must do everything to ensure that Aguma is stopped in his evil conspiracy and plot with the opposition to scuttle the chances of the APC fielding candidates in the next election”.
I must reiterate that Dr. Akande-led Reconciliation Committee should note that the case of Rivers State chapter of the party is a bit unique and different from that of other chapters and therefore, cannot be handled in a manner depicting a mere feud, owing to the fact that some extremes and agents of other political parties and external forces are interested and hell-bent on destabilizing and weakening the party structure in the State in order to pave way for the operation of a one party system in the State.
Eze who was able to meet the deadline of 10th March, 2020 for the submission of the 12 copies of the memoranda to the Committee further highlighted that copies of his historical memorandum were also sent to President Muhammadu Buhari, the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan; the Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari; Secretary to Government of the Federation, Boss Mustpaha, and other leaders of the party and that they all have acknowledged receipt.
Eze maintained that with the memo, the Committee now has full details of the genesis of the crisis of APC in Rivers State and will better be guided on how to go about the business of resolving the crisis and enthroning peace for the good of party faithful and Rivers people in general.
For avoidance of doubt, both the memo and the acknowledged copy of the memo by the Presidency, National Leadership of APC and others are attached for public perusal.