Rotimi Amaechi and Senator Magnus Abe | Source:
Intra-Party Rift

Amaechi will not Support Magnus Abe’s Governorship Bid

Eze Wodu

February 12, 2018 10:47 am

It is no secret that there has been much love lost between the Former Rivers State Governor and current Transportation Minister, Rotimi Amaechi, and the senator representing Rivers South-East Senatorial District, Magnus Abe. But any iota of affection remaining between the two have taken an abysmal dive when the former governor told Ikwerre Chiefs and Elders’ Forum in a meeting on Saturday, that he will not support the governorship ambition of Magnus Abe if he decides to contest in 2019.

The minister who held a parallel event at Bori on Saturday while APC federal and state lawmakers were at their thanksgiving ceremony, told the Ikwerre chiefs and elders that there is no fight in the Rivers State chapter of the All Progressive Congress. He said he will not stop the senator from contesting in the next elections, but he will work against his election bid because Magnus has defied and abused him.

“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 (against) him,” obtained from Punch Newspapers Monday, 12th February 2018 publication.

The former governor favoured Dakuku Peterside over Magnus Abe as the gubernatorial aspirant for the APC in the 2015 elections, leaving the senator to seek another tenure at the senate. Dakuku went on to win the primaries, but lost to Nyesom Wike the current Governor of the state. Amaechi still looks to favour Dakuku Peterside, who he appointed as the Director General of NIMASA, or any other candidate from the riverine area, but the senator seems not to take it lightly this time.

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