The senator representing Rivers South East Senatorial District, Senator Magnus Abe, has declared that the perceived challenges that cropped up because of his decision to contest the 2019 governorship election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, would not make him defect from the party as being rumored by some persons.
Speaking when he paid a thank you visit to Gokana Local Government Area, as part of his efforts to commend the people of Rivers South East Senatorial District for returning him in the re-run election held on Dec. 10, Abe said he was the biggest investment in the politics of Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi in Nigeria and there was nothing that would make him to leave the party.
Senator Abe who is the Chairman, Senate Committee on Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) stated: “We are trying to make the party better by supporting our leader, the Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, so that the party can move forward and will not relent in our efforts and by the grace of the Almighty God that we serve; the right thing will be done.
“Let me use the opportunity of this visit to address some issues in our great party, the APC in Rivers State and to say clearly for the record that there are no members of the party, including myself, that is disputing the leadership of my friend, the Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi. We are not disputing with him who is the leader of the party. He is the leader and will continue to be the leader of our party in Rivers State,” he said.
Speaking further, Senator Abe said that it was not true that his ambition to become governor of the state created the division being experienced by the APC in the state.
He stated: “I stand in front of my people, here, today, and declare that I don’t tell lies. I am not a liar. The story that I am scattering the party in the state because of my governorship ambition is not true. The problem is simple. We have heard some people saying all elected members of the party got their tickets because Amaechi endorsed them, therefore, everyone who has an ambition should wait until he endorses him or her.
“The arguments some people are putting forward are that any person who would not wait for the leader (Amaechi) to endorse him or select him or her, to anoint him, or her, or who is saying something different is a bad person or a bad member of the party; the person should be removed or suspended from the party or should leave the party on his own volition. Some of us who feel that stopping some persons from aspiring to become what they want to become is an infringement on their fundamental human rights are saying no.