A column of youths marched through the streets of Abuja, carrying placards.
They were headed for the National Secretariat of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
They were obviously angry. Soon, they were at the gate in their numbers.
The protesters who stormed the party office under the auspices of the National Youth Leadership Congress (NYLC), warned that they would be forced to think the party’s headquarters is encouraging Abe if it fails to act.
They also said at the APC headquarters that they could no longer cope with the way the party is being handled in Rivers state.
Emmanuel Orgwu, the national president of the group, noted that Senator Magnus Abe was in court against the decision of the National Working Committee of the party (NWC), which set up a caretaker committee to conduct a congress.
He alleged that Magnus Abe went to court with the connivance Governor Nyesom Wike and some national leaders of the APC who they described as enemies of the party.
“Today, we have come to ask the NWC to prevail on him to withdraw the case from the court so that we can have a peaceful congress and prepare for 2023 elections and be part of every activity of the party at state and national level.
“That if he (Abe) fails to withdraw the case from court, that he should be expelled forthwith for peace to reign in Rivers APC.
“If you are in APC and PDP and you are building AD you’re not a member of APC,” the group said.
The group later submitted a letter containing their grievances to the party.
In the letter, the protesters warned: “There is always a cost for doing nothing. We are resolved to protect our heritage of making APC be in the conscience of Nigerians except there is an internal connivance. “We have come to champion what Rivers people are craving for because it will be insincere not to stand up for those that believe in you. Our value will be in the problems we solve.”
From all indications, anger is mounting against Senator Magnus Abe in the APC.
Not only is he blamed for what led to the exclusion of the APC from the last gubernatorial elections, he is equally accused of having an unholy marriage with the PDP.
Recall that the APC in a bid to cure the wounds inflicted upon it, decided in accordance with court rulings to dismantle all party structures in Rivers State.
Similarly, the party set up a mechanism which would pave the way for the organization of fresh congresses.
On the eve of the planned congress, Senator Abe again went to court.
Thus far, not much progress has been made against the backdrop of the case that he filed.
With youths asking for his expulsion and urging the party leadership to do the needful, it may be that Abe be faced challenges of his own.
Back home where Abe comes from, many party supporters want him to exit.
They say they are tired of his meddlesome attitude, which appears weighted in favour of the PDP.
The protesters who took a protest to the national headquarters of the party in Abuja on Thursday, October 18, urged Adams Oshiomhole, National Chairman of the party to prevail on Abe to drop his legal battle.
Abe has made it a point of confronting Amaechi, but insiders say he has the support of certain APC leaders who want to scatter the Rivers chapter and hurt Amaechi whose influence at the national level is becoming astounding.
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