Governorship Aspirant of the All Progressives Congress in Rivers State, Senator Magnus Abe has declared that he will not accept the outcome of the party’s governorship primary.
Mr Abe at a media briefing at Freedom House in Port Harcourt said the process that produced the delegates for the primary was not credible.
Without giving details the Senator said that he must be on the ballot for next year’s election.
He also did not state whether he would challenge the result of the APC primary in court or decamp to another political party to achieve his dream.
“I have been receiving a lot of calls that I have left the APC, that is not true,” he stated, but vowed to challenge the outcome of the indirect primary mode adopted by the former minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, and his cronies for Thursday’s governorship primary in Port Harcourt.
“Everybody knows that in a delegate election if you’re not included in how the delegates are chosen if the process of choosing the delegates is not inclusive, is not transparent and is not fair, the outcome of what the delegates will do is not expected to be any different from the process that produced them.
“As I said at the beginning of this whole thing when I declared, I said I will just accept the outcome of any process that is not just, fair, equitable and inclusive.
“The indirect primary being conducted today (Thursday) by the former Minister of Transportation and his cronies in the APC in Rivers State does not meet that standard.
“And for that reason, while I have decided not to withdraw out of respect for the party, I want to say clearly that I will not accept the outcome, neither will I be bound by it,” Abe stated.
Meanwhile, businessman Tonye Cole has emerged as the candidate of the APC for the 2023 governorship election in Rivers state.
Tonye Cole polled 986 votes to emerge the winner of the primaries.
He defeated Ojukaye Flag-Amachree – with 190 votes, Sokonte Davies – 47 votes, Ibinabo Michael West – 43 votes, Bernard Mikko – 2 votes, while Sen Magnus Abe got 1 vote