Senator representing Rivers South East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Magnus Abe, has reacted to the choice of Tonye Dele Cole as the All Progressives Congress candidate for the 2019 governorship election by the party leadership in the state.
Abe, also a governorship aspirant on the party’s platfotm, threatened to resist any attempt by the leadership of the APC to impose any candidate on the people.
The lawmaker said this while addressing his supporters in Eleme Local Government Area of the state at the weekend.
Abe declared that “any of such decisions that is not in the favour of my senatorial district would be opposed.”
He stressed that “issues affecting the party in the state could not be decided in Lagos and expected to be carried out in Rivers State.”
The senator criticised the alleged collective decision of some leaders of the party in the state, to endorse a preferred governorship candidate.
He distanced himself from such meeting, saying that “the decision did not meet the recent party standard for selection of governorship candidate, which included Rivers South East Senatorial District and party members, who have laboured for the party.”
The senator, however, expressed hope that the party would adopt direct primary where members of the party will decide who will be their governorship flag-bearer.