A former lawmaker, who represented Rivers South-East Senatorial District in the Senate and a member of NNPC governing board, Senator Magnus Abe, has told his loyalists in the All Progressives Congress (APC) to shun the party congresses billed for Saturday in the interest of peace.
The former senator made the call in Port Harcourt on Friday while briefing his supporters that cut across the 23 local government areas of the State.
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Senator Abe said that there were rumours of some overzealous persons mobilising thugs to attack his supporters should they attempt to participate in the exercise.
He said: “If they wanted the party to be united, they would have behaved differently having behaved the way they did shows their inclination. So if you go to participate in the congress, it would be a problem.
“I hear all across the State the people are hiring both known and unknown gunmen that would not be our portion.
“So far in this party, nobody has died and I don’t want that to change.”
The Senator urged party members to remain peaceful and law-abiding, vowing to abide by the party hierarchy’s directives.
“Pease, let us be calm. we will follow the directives of the national and we will make our position about what has happened here in Rivers State known. We will take it systematically.
“Since the national has promised that they will intervene, we will wait for that intervention,” he added.
The State chapter of the party’s congresses hold on Saturday and the party’s leadership has promised a level playing field for all members of the party that will participate in the Congress.