A Rivers State APC support group has attributed the crisis in the party to former Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, and the party’s gubernatorial candidate, Tonye Cole. The group, known as The Upper Echelon, urged the party’s National Working Committee to immediately dissolve the Executive Committee in Rivers State to prevent the party from collapsing entirely.
Lucky Ottos, the President of the group, stated at a media briefing in Port Harcourt that the recent division among state executive members was not healthy for a party trying to move past the crisis that previously caused it significant political damage. He blamed the “toxic posture” of Amaechi and Cole for the woes in the APC in Rivers State, citing their alleged support for the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, as one such posture.
Ottos claimed that the alleged Anti-Party activity denied Amaechi and Cole the right to be members of the APC. The group also warned against the breakdown of law and order in the state due to disagreements over the inspection of electoral materials. It called on INEC to be impartial and allow for a joint inspection of the documents. Additionally, it urged the police to be vigilant and prevent retired politicians from plunging the state into anarchy.
The APC support group supported the outcome of the February 25 presidential and national assembly elections, as well as the March 18 gubernatorial and state assembly elections conducted in the state.