- Senator Magnus Abe has said that the minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, is now bigger than the APC
- Abe who is one of the APC governorship aspirants in Rivers state, said that none of the aspirants loyal to him would subject themselves for screening at his factional secretariat
- He accused the leadership of the ruling party of giving special treatment to some members in the state
Just as the national officers of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers state continues the screening of aspirants who want to contest for the state House of assembly by the faction loyal the minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, a governorship aspirant, Senator Magnus Abe, has vowed that none of the aspirants loyal to him would subject themselves for screening at his factional secretariat.
Legit.ng regional reporter in Port Harcourt, Tony Ihunwo, said Senator Abe said that Amaechi, has become bigger than the All Progressives Congress (APC) since he was reappointed as President Muhammadu Buhari's campaign director general for 2019.
Abe, who has been having a running battle with Amaechi, said this at a rally in Bori local government area of Rivers state, on Thursday, September 27, accusing the leadership of the ruling party of giving special treatment to some members in the state.
Senator Abe vowed that he would not take part in the party’s governorship primary on Saturday, September 29, if the APC does not conduct the process through direct primary method approved by the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party.
He said: “People have said they will retire Senator Abe, send me home, where is home? Home is in the heart of my people and nobody can send me away from their heart. Every campaign of calumny, deceit must cease in Rivers state, this state must move forward.
"I want to speak to the national leadership of our party, we continue to worship individuals in a party where we have said we are standing for change, we must have the courage to do that.
“I am my own man and nobody can make me do what is wrong. This country cannot go forward if we cannot find courage to do justice when it is time to do what is right. If we continue to be a nation where individuals are bigger than our rules, where individuals are bigger than our institution, the country can not go anywhere.
“We all belong to a party that promised Nigerian change and we had a meeting and said there would be direct primaries and the national chairman promised direct primaries anywhere there are issues that will make the outcome of the primaries legally contested and the first example he gave was Rivers state but as soon as they appointed Amaechi DG again, everything changed because the man has now become bigger than the party.
"I will not accept it. There has to be direct primaries here. I stand before you to assure you that nobody is bigger than this state.”
He also said it was an insult for Amaechi to accuse him of taking N34 million bribe from Governor Nyesom Wike when as chairman Senate committee on petroleum he rejected $3million dollars offered him in cash by players in the oil industry.
"I was the chairman of Senate committee probing the oil industry and I was offered 3 million dollars but I rejected it. And somebody had the guts to accuse me of accepting N34 million from Governor Wike.
"This is an insult. I will not be part of primary that will hold on Saturday if it is not conducted through the Direct Primary and I will not accept the results", he said.
Abe also accused Amaechi of betraying the people of Ogoni, wondering why an Ogoni man has not become governor since the state was created.
He said: "Today is the day of truth and today I want to tell Nigerians thetruth. Every other senatorial district has produced a governor but our district has not.
“When it was the time of my brother, Chibike Amaechi to be governor, it was the Ogoni chiefs led by the same King Giniwa that they are abusing today, that went as a delegation to former governor Peter Odili to make a case for the Ikwere people.
"We did not stop there, we took a full page advert in Thisday newspapers then, paid for by the Ogoni people. Today, we want to be governor and people are making noise, who are those people? Sometime ago, the former governor of Rivers state, Rotimi Amaechi invited the Ogoni people to the government house, not once or twice , we were all there.
"He promised the Ogoni people that the reason we have not produced a governor is because we have not made enough noise, that because the world has not heard us, that is why the injustice being done to the Ogoni people have not been corrected, that next time its time for the governorship to come up, he will lead the campaign for Ogoni people, now is the time, where is he?
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“He went back and called the Kalabari chiefs and told them the same thing he told the Ogoni of people. I have told our Kalabari brothers to beware, if you want to go far you must travel together, to go fast you travel alone but if you want to go far, come and let us travel together.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the minister of transportation and leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers state and the south-south zone, Rotimi Amaechi, disowned the senator representing Rivers south in the National Assembly, Magnus Abe, as a member of party in the state.
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