The Senator representing Rivers South-East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Senator Magnus Ngei Abe Wednesday formally declared his intention to run for governor of Rivers State in 2019 on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
A statement by the senator’s spokesman, Parrysaroh Benson, said the senator made the declaration while addressing a mammoth crowd at the inauguration of Freedom House, his liaison office in Port Harcourt adding that his decision to run for is for the interest of the future of the state.
“I am glad to say that I have reached a decision which I am going to share with you on a burning issue if Senator Magnus Abe is going to vie for the governorship of this state under the APC or not. I have taken every advice and every opinion.
“I have taken all these views into consideration. I have also consulted my family and most importantly, I have consulted my God. There are several persons who have advised me against seeking for the office of the governor just as there are several who have advised me to go for it. Looking back now, everybody who had spoken to me did so with the best of intentions”.
“Having taken all these into consideration, I, Magnus Ngei Dunebari Abe, I have decided to seek the nomination of the All Progressives Congress, Rivers State, in the interest of our state and in the interest of the future of our people.”
A former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Prince Chibudom Nwuche, who witnessed the declaration according to the statement said: “Let APC learn from the mistakes of the Peoples Democratic Party. PDP was imposing candidates and that was why some of us left. Today, it is happening in the APC but thank God, Senator Magnus Abe came up. Let us have a transparent congress and let the popular candidate emerge.”
Also, the lawmaker representing Ikwerre/Emohua Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Elder Chidi Wihioka, said: “Nobody can cause problem between the Ikwerre people and the Ogoni people. The cooperation between the two ethnic nationalities had been there before we were born and it will not end at our own time.
“Ikwerre people and the Rivers East senatorial district will support the Ogoni governorship ambition because the people of Ogoni supported Ikwerre people. The four local government areas in Ikwerre are in support and our senatorial district in also in support.”
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