Monday, 12 February 2018

Governor Wike congratulates Magnus Abe as Amaechi vows to stop his governorship ambition

In the build up to the 2019 general elections, Rivers state is already hitting up. This time it is not between the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and All Progressives Congress, APC, rather it is between APC chieftains in the state.

And the front runners in the battle field is Transport Minister, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi and Senator Magnus Abe.

Amaechi has vowed to truncate the gubernatorial ambition of Abe who currently represents Rivers South-East in the Senate.

He made this position known on Saturday at a meeting with some Ikwerre chiefs and elders.

In his words “There is no fight in the APC. I am not in any way stopping Abe from running for the governorship (position), but what I know is that I will not support him. Abe is daring me; an Ikwerre son. He is abusing me every day. I will ensure I use Ikwerre vote on him,” he said.

He added that his Ikwerre ethnic group had 1.1 million votes out of the 2.5 million eligible voters in the state”.

Amaechi also said that he had no gubernatorial candidate in mind and that was for God to decide.

In a similar development, Abe has said the people of the state reserve the right to determine who their leaders will be, stressing that the state must come first.

Abe spoke on Saturday during a victory thanksgiving/reception by the federal and state lawmakers elected on the platform of the APC in Rivers State.

The APC legislators include Abe, as well as the members representing Eleme/Tai/Oyigbo, Khana/Gokana and Emohua/Ikwerre federal constituencies in the House of Representatives, Barry Mpigi, Maurice Pronen and Chidi Wihioka, respectively.

Others are the members representing Eleme, Khana II and Tai constituencies in the Rivers State House of Assembly, Josiah Olu; Friday Nkeeh and Mathew Dike, respectively.

The senator said, “Now is the time to put the interest of the state ahead of anything else. We must work together so that the people can benefit from the politics we play.”

Abe thanked the people of the state for their votes, promising that the APC lawmakers will give effective representation.

Meanwhile, the state governor, Nyesom Wike, who attended the victory thanksgiving for APC lawmakers, congratulated Magnus Abe and his colleagues for their victory in the re-run elections.

Wike confessed that he did everything to stop Abe from winning his senatorial election, noting that Abe’s victory was from God.

The governor also charged Rivers politicians to have the interest of the state at heart and stop playing politics, as the people of the state expect governance and development.

He revealed that just as the opposition party in the state vowed that he (Wike) would not win the governorship seat, he also worked hard to ensure that Abe never succeeded.

His words: “It is only God that gives power. When I wanted to become governor, they worked hard to ensure that I did not win. That was why when I become governor, I did everything possible to stop Abe from becoming a senator.

“I showed Abe pepper. But he succeeded; that is how God wants it. I congratulate all the APC lawmakers for the victory. Abe carry go. Thank God despite all I did, you still won.

“I advise that you put the state first. The interest of the state should be paramount. Let us leave politics and face development. Let us stop wrestling. When the time to wrestle comes we will wrestle.”

He urged the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, to prevail on the Federal Government to carry out maintenance work on the Aba-Port Harcourt Expressway.

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