- Senator Magnus Abe said accusations levelled against him by Rotimi Amaechi are untrue
- The senator said he never betrayed Amaechi as claimed by the minister
- Abe also described as laughable Amaechi’s allegation that he did not win elections in Gokana
Senator Magnus Abe, representing Rivers south-east, has denied allegations that he betrayed the minister of transport, Rotimi Amaechi.
Abe claimed that Amaechi influenced his life a lot and insisted that his decision to run for governorship in Rivers state is not a betrayal.
Vanguard reports that Abe also described as laughable Amaechi’s allegation that he did not win elections in Gokana, but instead, one Chief Victor Giadom forced the electoral officer to change results in his favour at gun point, emphasising that such incident never took place.
He also denied Amaechi’s accusation that he was a serial betrayer having allegedly betrayed Chinwe Aguma, the late former Attorney- General of Rivers state who passed on recently, and another person standing trial over incidents involving his (Abe) elections, submitting that “both stories are also false to your knowledge.”
He added: “l will supply the phone number of Hon. Igo Aguma for anyone to call him and ask Igo to give the details and particulars of this betrayal for public consumption. Till that happens I will respect the memory of my late friend and hold my peace.”
On the allegation that he deceived Amaechi into appointing one Derek Mene as an executive director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Abe said: “I did not deceive you. I merely reminded you of the promise you made to me that in the event of an APC victory in 2015 that my interest in the national government will be placed above every other interest in Rivers State including your own interest. That clearly has not been the case.
“I was particularly sad when you told the national chairman that I cornered all NDDC contracts in Rivers state. All contracts in NDDC are approved by the MD who is your friend.
“I have not cornered any contract at all from the Commission. It is on record that simple courtesies and favours extended to Niger Delta Senators including PDP senators are not extended to me. The only issue you have with the NDDC is the fact that Mr. Mene refused to lead the campaign against me in Ogoniland despite all threats and intimidation including the threat to hand him over to the EFCC.
“You said I deceived you into sacking Mrs. Ibim Seminatari so I could appoint Mr Mene. This is, of course, a chronological impossibility. I was one of the defenders of Mrs Seminatari even in our meetings and the issue of Mr Mene did not come up until the new board was to be set up, in other words Mrs Seminatari was sacked by the decision to set up a new board.
“You said I am only a friend to power and I only followed you because you were powerful. Time will tell, because it is in the nature of power to move. So one day we will either leave power or power will leave us, then we will know those who follow us because we have power. When we started our political journey you did not have the power you have today."
Abe said he remembers all the times it was just him and Amaechi during his battle to be governor, and even when he was fighting the power of ex-president Goodluck Jonathan.
“If I were only a friend to power as you claim today, I would have moved on long ago. I have tried to live by some rules. That is why I have decided to contest for the governorship of our state even under these very difficult circumstances and against your stated decision.
“You said Chief Victor Giadom told you that I did not support you when you were in court, fighting for your mandate and you named some Ogoni leaders as those who came to tell you that the Ogoni people are not with me. I will refrain from mentioning their names here but you may make their names public if indeed they told you so. Please believe whatever is convenient for you today. It will not change anything.
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“Finally, I have tried to go over everything you said about me, including the fact that if the story of my life is in ten chapters you will occupy six of it," he added.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Amaechi accused the governor of Rivers state, Nyesom Wike, and the Senator Magnus Abe, of conspiring and plotting to defame him.
Amaechi, who was a former governor of Rivers state, claimed that both Wike and Abe have conspired to hire two ex-commissioners who served in his cabinet to present distorted stories and fake text messages to ruin his image.
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