The senator representing Rivers South-East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Magnus Abe, has disclosed what could settle his rift with the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi.
Speaking to Sunday Punch on the chances of the All Progressives Congress in Rivers State wrestling power from incumbent governor Nyesom Wike, Abe said that only a direct primary in the APC primaries in the state will settle the disagreement with Amaechi.
He said, “My disagreement with the Minister of Transportation is not deep. It is just that he doesn’t want me to be the candidate of the party and I believe if that members of the party should decide whether or not I am qualified to be the APC governorship candidate in Rivers State.
“If members of the party decide to vote against me in the direct primary election, I will take it in good faith and I will support whoever the party prefers. If they, however, feel that giving my services to the party and giving my track records in the party, of excellent service to my state, I should be given the opportunity to serve the state in that capacity, I am prepared to offer myself for service. Only a direct primary option can resolve the issue between me and Amaechi.
“Having said that, as far as the process is transparent, open and credible, I don’t see why I or any other member of the party should not abide by the results of such election.
“The Minister for Transportation is not running. If he is contesting, I won’t contest because he is my leader and I cannot contest against him. I am convinced that this is a contest that will be between me and whoever thinks that he has something better to offer the people of Rivers State and I believe that our people are smart enough to make a stand at this moment.”