A wave of massive defection may sweep the All Progressive Congress, APC, Rivers State chapter, following the decision of the Supreme Court granting the camp of Transport Minister, Rotimi Amaechi, the leadership structure of the party in the state.
A leadership tussle divided Rivers APC into two blocs, that of Amaechi and Senator Magnus Abe.
Last year, the High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, declared Igo Aguma, a member of Abe’s camp, the Caretaker Committee Chairman of the party but Amaechi’s camp objected to this and approached the Court of Appeal which upturned the decision of the lower Court.
On Friday, the Supreme Court upheld the decision of the Appeal Court, which recognised Isaac Ogbobula, a loyalist of Amaechi as the Caretaker Committee Chairman.
Following the Apex Court’s decision, key members of Senator Abe’s camp have announced their decision to dump the party.
Former factional chairman of the party, Aguma, in a statement said the APC has failed to protect the rights of its members and he can not continue to be a member of a Political party that endangers her members.
Also, an APC chieftain, Livingstone Wechie, reacting to the judgement said he can no longer continue to be a member of the APC.
According to him, it was disheartening that the APC that preaches respect for the rule of Law, rather than protect the said rights of her members, is celebrating the violation of its own constitution.
Wechie said he could no longer in good conscience continue to be a member of a Political party where questions can not be asked.
He accused the APC of sabotaging and trading mindlessly and selfishly with the rights of its members.
Besides Aguma and Wechie, indications are that more party stalwarts will dump the APC soon.
Senator Abe himself may opt to abandon the party for Amaechi. If he does, his loyalists and followers will do same and the APC in Rivers may have ‘used its own hands to kill itself.’