Former senator representing Rivers South-East Senatorial District, Magnus Abe has resigned his membership of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Rivers State.
Abe who made his decision known Wednesday in a statement said he left the APC in Rivers State to seek his fortune elsewhere.
He lamented that he has no stake in the APC in Rivers state, and does not know anybody that is in the entire executive of the APC in all the 319 wards in the state including his ward chairman.
Abe however said that he is still “part of the family of the APC Presidential Candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu”.
Reacting to Abe’s resignation the APC said, the decision of the former Senator and his supporters to exit the party was long overdue.
Chris Finebone, State Publicity Secretary of the party in a statement described Abe’s resignation as “good riddance.”
He blamed the Ogoni-born politician for destroying APC and decimating its fortunes in Rivers state, especially in 2019.
“They connived endlessly with the governor of Rivers State and used some elements in the State Judiciary to frustrate and destroy our Party through needless litigations. The culmination of their evil machinations was the exclusion of Rivers APC from the ballot in 2019.
“Evidence exists how Senator Abe and his lieutenants broke into celebration the day the Party was excluded by the court from participating in that election due to their litigation.
“After the 2019 unfortunate development, Abe continued to receive support from outside the State and persisted in undermining Rivers APC through every imaginable means principally through frivolous litigation executed through his proxies. At a time, they attacked and destroyed the then Rivers APC Secretariat at Forces Avenue, Old GRA, Port Harcourt. Recently, they also hired hoodlums and attempted to destroy the present Secretariat of the Party.
“Tired of Abe’s antics, the majority of his supporters openly joined the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the State while others found their way back to the mainstream of the Party. However, it recently came to our attention that Senator Abe and the few persons still with him had concluded plans to join the Social Democratic Party (SDP) on whose platform Abe will run for governor, hence their persistent hype to the effect that Abe will be on the ballot come 2023.
“This press conference is essential to explain to you and the public that Rivers APC considers the formal exit of Abe and his associates from the APC as good riddance. We liken it to a successful excision of debilitating cancer from the body.
“Rivers APC can now heave a sigh of relief from the sustained destabilising onslaught by Senator Abe. We wish him well as he joins the SDP. We pray that he takes everything he exhibited in APC particularly his nuisance value to his new party so that the world would see him for who he truly is.”