Frontline governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congres (APC), in Rivers State, Senator Magnus Ngei Abe, has declared that nobody could stop his ambition to become Rivers State governor in 2019.
Abe who spoke in Port Harcourt, the state capital, during an interactive session with 26 community-based organisations in Port Harcourt Constituency 2, said that his fate was in the hands of God and not in the hands of the leader of the party and former governor of the state, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi.
Referring to the political rift between him and the former governor who is also the Minister of Transport, Senator Abe said: “A lot of people have been telling me what my former boss, the former Governor of Rivers State, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, said about me and I said I will not respond.
But I will simply go down memory lane to remind Rivers people of a few things.
Recalling his political journey with the Minister, he continued: “When I was Commissioner for Information under Dr. Peter Odili, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi was aspiring to be Governor of Rivers State and it caused a big problem in the politics of that time between him and Dr. Peter Odili.
I was a Commissioner in Odili’s cabinet, but I stood with Amaechi. At a time, I was the only person in Odili’s government that Amaechi was still talking to.
“One day I had a serious argument with Dr. Odili over Amaechi. We argued to a point and I said to Dr. Odili, Sir, can I tell you something? He said, tell me. I said, whoever God has said will be Governor of Rivers State will be Governor of Rivers State and there is nothing Dr. Peter Odili can do about it.
“When I went to apologise to him, he told me not to apologise. He said, ‘Magnus, what you have said is true.”
He continued: “It is to the eternal credit of Dr. Odili that he allowed me to serve out my term in his cabinet. He never came out publicly to call me a traitor or a betrayer because he respected the fact that I chose to stand by my friend.
“I have said the same thing to Rt. Hon. Amaechi and I want to repeat it here. Whoever God has said will be Governor of Rivers State will be Governor of Rivers State and there is nothing he can do about it,” the Senator said.
Senator Abe, who is also the senator representing the Rivers South-East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, denied insinuations that he was being sponsored by Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike to cause crisis within the APC in the state, insisting that he was only fighting for his rights.