Abe, the senator representing Rivers South-East senatorial district in the National Assembly, also congratulated Oshiomhole, former Edo State governor, on his emergence as the National Chairman of APC. He expressed the hope that he (Oshiomhole) will use the experience garnered as a labour leader and a two-time governor of a diverse, multi-ethnic and multi-religious state to move the ruling party forward.
Abe, in a statement in Port Harcourt by his spokesperson, Parry Saroh Benson, described Oshiomhole as a true democrat, urging him to see his miraculous emergence as the answer to the prayers of desperate Nigerians who had watched in despair and shock as the ruling party drifted off its core values of justice for all, respect for the rule of law, adherence to internal democracy and due process “to become a caricature of the change that we promised, as impunity, disobedience to court orders, violence and self-help became the order of the day.”
“We must thank Nigerians for their faith in our ability to get it right and their patience which has now been justified in the election of Oshiomhole as there is no alternative to the APC in Nigeria. Nigerians expect us to do the right thing and live up to our promises no matter how inconvenient that may be.
“Where there is justice and respect for one another, there will be peace. Let us give everyone his due so that all members of our great party will be motivated to give their best. I join all party members to thank our out-gone executives for their services and wish them well in their future endeavours.
“The task ahead of our party is challenging but there is a man for every time and a time for every man. In Oshiomhole and members of the new working committee, this challenging era in the history of our party has found its team and our future is bright indeed.
“I thank President Muhammadu Buhari for his determination to rescue the party and his ability to do so by respecting our rules and following due process. I urge all leaders of our party to emulate the sterling qualities of the President not just in words but in their actions by showing respect for our rules. I congratulate all members of our party as our victory in 2019 is assured.”