Abe Threatens APC Over Rivers Governorship Primary , Reports The Whistler

Rivers State Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Magnus Abe, has threatened to boycott the party’s gubernatorial primary if the party fails to adopt the direct primaries system in selecting their flagbearer ahead of its primary on Saturday.

Abe, who is also the Senator representing Rivers South-East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, spoke while addressing his supporters at a rally in his senatorial zone in Bori on Thursday.

Senator Abe said the former governor and current minister of transport Rotimi Amaechi had reneged on his promise to support an Ogoni man for the Rivers governorship, a promise Abe alleged Amechi had made while he was governor.

Abe alleged injustice in Rivers APC, as he said direct primaries was the only way to boycott quagmire in the party.

The statement read in parts: “Since the creation of Rivers State, no son of our district has been a governor, none, every other senatorial district in this state has produced a governor at one time or the other, some senatorial districts have produced several governors but we have not”

“An Ikwere Chief defined the meaning of Justice and Injustice to me, he told me that injustice is when equals are threatened unequally or unequals are treated equally. Are the other senatorial districts in Rivers state are they more equal than Rivers South East senatorial districts? Why should we be treated unequally, that is injustice?”

“I stand before you here as an Ogoni son, a lot has been said about the Ogoni people, but I know one thing we believe in justice, we have been just, we have been fair and we have stood by every other ethnic group in this state.

“I will remember when it was time for my brother, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi to be governor, it was the Ogoni Chiefs led by the same King Giniwa, that they are abusing today, that led all the Ogoni Chiefs as a delegation to Dr Peter Odili to make a case for the Ikwere people, we did not stop there, we took a full page advert in THISDAY Newspapers at that time paid for by the Ogoni people. Today an Ogoni son wants to be governor and some people are making noise, who are those people? Who are those people? Nobody!

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