The current leadership crisis in the All Progressives Congress (APC) which was ignited by the intrigues arising from the Edo State governorship election, has since shifted to Rivers State, where a barrage of suspensions coupled with court orders are now the order of the day.
The situation has revived the political rift between former Rivers State governor and Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi and former Senator representing Rivers South-east district in the National Assembly, Senator Magnus Ngei Abe.
At the national level while Amaechi’s camp projects a deputy national secretary Chief Victor Giadom who insists he is acting national chairman of APC following the suspension of Adams Oshiomhole, the Abe-led camp maintains Giadom isn’t a member of the party anymore, noting that they have replaced him with Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in Rivers State, Hon. Wogu Boms.
The rift between Amaechi and Abe dates back to 2018 when some APC members believed to be loyal to Abe approached the Court to challenge their non-participation in the party’s congresses even after purchasing forms.
The legal battle moved from the Rivers State High Court up to the Court of Appeal, Port Harcourt Division and finally settled at the Supreme Court resulting in the non-participation of APC candidates in the 2019 general election in Rivers State.
However, the appointment of a Caretaker Committee led by Barrister Isaac Abbot Agbogbula, by the National Working Committee (NWC) of APC, to run the affairs of the party in the state and conduct fresh congresses in 2019, seems to have ignited a fresh crisis within the party.
A former member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Igo Aguma, approached a Rivers State High Court seeking to declare the Caretaker Committee brought by the NWC of the party as void, and declare him to head the affairs of the state by virtue of his position as the national delegate and statutory member of the party.
Also, another stalwart of the party, Dele Moses led other nine APC members loyal to Abe went to the same Court to challenge decision of CTC without the participation of some of them that bought forms in 2018.