- Senator Magnus Abe has accused Rotimi Amaechi of desperate attempts to handpick governor for Rivers state
- The senator, speaking at a funeral ceremony, said the transportation minister is trying to play the role of godfather in the state
- The senator also blamed the electoral violence in Rivers on the inability of people of the state to learn from the past mistakes
Magnus Abe, the senator representing Rivers Southeast senatorial district, has accused the minister of transportation, Chibuike Amaechi, of playing the role of godfather in the selection of governor for Rivers state.
Speaking at the funeral service of late Pa Macdonald Graham Harry in Degema local government area, the senator said he was confident of attempts by the minister to hand-pick the governor for Rivers, a move he vowed cannot stand, Vanguard reports.
Abe also expressed sadness over the range of violence that marred the election in the state, adding that the selection of governor for Rivers should rest on the people's choice.
Abe also disclosed that the violence that trailed the March 9 governorship election in Rivers was as a result of the inability of Rivers people to learn from 2015 mistakes.
He said: ''All across the country, you could see that the people tried to vote. They also tried to count their votes but in Rivers state, the reverse was the case, because it is obvious that we did not learn from what happened in the 2015 general elections and draw our lessons appropriately.
“I’ll like to appeal to Rivers people not to leave the future of our state in the hands of the politicians alone. This state belongs to all of us and no one man owns more or deserves more of Rivers state than others.
The aggrieved senator also accused Amaechi's of desperate attempt to install the candidate of African Democratic Congress (ADC) as the governor of the state.
“I was very clear when I called on our supporters in the state to vote for a candidate of their choice in the governorship election and not to vote for the governorship candidate of African Action Congress (AAC) because it was an attempt by Rotimi Amaechi to single-handedly handpick a governor for Rivers people and he cannot.
“That is the decision that all Rivers people have as a right to freely participate in a process to elect whoever will govern the state.”
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Legit.ng earlier reported that the Nigerian Army, in the evening of Monday, March 18, said it was betrayed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over its alleged role in the violence that engulfed Rivers state during the 2019 general election.
The Nigerian Army insisted that its men were professional during their outing in Rivers state election.
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