Panic as Popular Governorship Candidate Escapes Assassination in Southern State
- Senator Magnus Ngei Abe, the governorship candidate of the SDP, in Rivers state has reacted after allegedly escaping assassination
- Abe said some gunmen used two vehicles to block the road to stop his campaign train to reach the Akinima community on Monday, January 30
- The SDP governorship candidate alleged that the gunmen were sponsored but did not specifically name the alleged sponsor
Ahoada-West LGA, Rivers state - The governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Rivers state, Senator Magnus Ngei Abe, reportedly escaped assassination on Monday evening, January 30.
Acordinding to Leadership, unknown gunmen attacked Abe's campaign train at the Akinima community in the Ahoada-West local government area of the state.
It was gathered that the SDP guber candidate and his team had earlier visited Ubeta and other communities in the area before heading to Akinima, the headquarters of the local government area, when they came under heavy gun attack.
Leadership stated that a short video from Abe's media team showed members of the campaign train running helter-skelter scampering for safety in the ensuing chaos.
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Magnus Abe reacts
Narrating how the chaos ensued, Abe said the gunmen used two vehicles to block the road to stop his campaign train to reach the community.
“Nigeria is a democracy and all of us have the right to go to the people and share our ideas with them. If you have ruled the people for seven years, the people should be happy with you.
“If people are not happy with you it is because you are not doing well. Now, you are sending people’s children to come and block other politicians from talking to the people," Abe said, without specifically mentioning those he was referring to as the culprits.
Rivers 2023: Igbo group endorses Senator Abe for governor
In another report, the Ogbako Ndi Igbo in Rivers state endorsed Senator Abe for Governor of Rivers state in 2023.
The group also recognized Senator Abe as Nwanna Di Na Mba and issued him a certificate of recognition to that effect for his friendship with the Igbo community in Rivers State over the years.
The endorsement took place at Freedom House, Senator Abe’s bustling political facility in GRA, Port Harcourt, on Saturday, November 19.