From Chris Anucha, Port Harcourt
Stakeholders of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Rivers State chapter, have endorsed Senator Magnus Ngei Abe for the 2019 governorship poll.
This was contained in a communiqué issued at the end of a meeting of the stakeholders in Port Harcourt, yesterday.
The communiqué endorsing Abe’s candidature was jointly signed by Chidi Wihioka, Felix Nwaeke, Augustine Wokocha, Maurice Pronen, Marcus Nle Ejii and Ipalibo Harry.
The group unanimously called on the senator representing Rivers South East to offer himself for the party’s governorship primary.
“Without equivocation and with the power and support of both the APC constitution and the Nigerian Constitution, the meeting stated that “Abe’s qualification to aspire to the office of governor of Rivers State on the platform of our party could not be questioned.
“Accordingly, the meeting called on him to present himself for the 2019 gubernatorial on the platform of APC, as he clearly has the support and approval of a majority of our party fateful in the state.
“The meeting affirmed the right of party members to have ambition, openly express it and canvass and lobby and rally support for its actualisation without fear and within the laws and constitution of the party.
“The meeting strongly urge the state working committee to strive for independence, impartiality and inclusiveness if the party must come out of the present low morale of members.”
A motion for the adoption of senator Abe for the governorship race was moved by Wihioka, House of Representatives members, representing Ikwerre Federal Constituency.
It was supported by Mrs Shedrack Wenzu.
The motion was unanimously supported by a voice vote by stakeholders from the 23 local government areas in the state.
The stakeholders’ meeting was attended by former councillors, local government chairmen, former and serving APC members of the Rivers State House of Assembly, members of the House of Representatives, former commissioners, Chief of Staff, Chief Tony Okocha, Senator Wilson Ake and different groups.