6th May, 2022
By Okafor Ofiebor
A governorship aspirant in Rivers, Senator Magnus Abe, said said among all contenders for the presidential ticket of the ruling Congress, APC, only former governor of Lagos Bola Tinubu has the capacity to ensure continuance of the party in power beyond 2023.
Abe made the declaration on Thursday at the Captain Elechi Amadi Polytechnic, Port Harcourt, while addressing APC members during a consultation visit to stakeholders in Port Harcourt City and Obio/Akpor Local Government Areas of the State.
Abe also promised to serve all the people of Rivers State people if he is voted in as as governor of Rivers State in 2023.
He said the government will be a government of Rivers State that will serve all Rivers people irrespective of tribes, religion or political affiliation.
Abe said: “We shall form a government that will do what is right. A government that those who will serve in the government will serve you first before serving themselves.
“I came here today to remind you that I am one of you, I’m part of you. I have always been with you and will always be with you. When it is good or bad, I have always been there and will still be there. We need one another to succeed”.
“I have told you people that I am supporting Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu and the reason I am supporting him is simple. I have looked at all those who want to run and I have looked at all those who claimed they have done this or that.
“And I saw that Asiwaju is the person in the APC that can deliver the killer-punch that will keep the party in power after Buhari. That is why I followed him.”
The APC governorship hopeful advised members of the party in the state against choosing the wrong governorship candidate, in order not to regret for another eight years.
“When you are in the kind of position that we are in, in APC Rivers State, you need to think differently. You cannot think the same way and do the same thing and expect anything different.
“I will tell you people a story of what happened here in Rivers State when PDP was out of government. Everybody was running around shouting, it is riverine, it is Kalabari.
“Mrs Patience Jonathan was the President’s wife and she was from Okrika; do you know who she gave the PDP governorship ticket to? Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, an Ikwerre man who was just coming after another Ikwerre man has governed the state?
“Why did they do that? Because they looked around and put away sentiments. They put away the disagreements amongst them and looked for somebody who could deliver the killer-punch that will land them in the Brick House. They picked Wike and he delivered.
“Today, we in the All Progressives Congress, we are in a much worse position than PDP was then. Our situation is even worse; we have nothing.
“No Senate, no this, no that, no money, no cohesion, no peace, no unity, no togetherness. We must look for somebody who can do what no other person will be able to do.”
Earlier, while speaking on the occasion, Senator Wilson Ake, appealed to APC members not to gamble with their votes during the party’s primaries.
Ake said: “I want to appeal to APC members who know the history of the party that we lost many souls. For the sake of those we lost, we need to do things right this time. I want to assure our brothers in APC that we cannot gamble with your votes. We have suffered enough.”
Inaugurating the two groups of BATS Vanguard and Progressives Students Network (PSN) in Rivers State, Chief Tony Okocha, charged them to preach the good news of Tinubu and Abe to all the nooks and crannies of the state.
Okocha said: “Today, I charge you to go to your respective units, wards, villages and preach the good news of Senator Magnus Abe. Also preach the good news of Senator Ahmed Bola Tinubu,” he added.