A former senator who represented Rivers South-East in the upper legislative chamber of the national assembly, Magnus Abe has come under attack by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state for supporting and leading the 2023 presidential campaign of the APC national leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, in Rivers State.

The State APC accused Abe of treachery and deception, describing the former senator as a political wanderer in the state.

An APC leader in Rivers State, Eze, a former PDP member, labelled Abe and his group as “men of mean character and low pedigree”, saying that any politician in Nigeria who has political ambition towards 2023 should not associate with Abe and his supporters if such politician wants to succeed.

Eze, expressing disaffection over the inauguration of Tinubu’s BAT Vanguard in Port Harcourt, Rivers State under the state leadership of Senator Abe, cautioned that ‘every group is evaluated by the electoral value it adds to the system, not the height of malicious propaganda schemed against an opponent.’

Eze had declared: “One of those misguided group exist in Rivers State in which most of them have no political party, but merely floating on the river of politics and doing everything humanly possible to damage the political aspirations of both political blocks within and outside Rivers State.”

At the inauguration of the Bola Ahmed Tinubu Support Group – BAT Vanguard – the Rivers State Branch at Freedom House, which is Senator Abe’s Campaign Secretariat in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Wilson Ake, the Chairman, Steering Committee of the BATS Vanguard in Rivers, had declared that Tinubu is eminently qualified to be the president of Nigeria in 2023.

Ake chided people who try to disqualify Tinubu as being too old for the president of Nigeria in 2023. Ake noted that the contributions of Tinubu to the growth of democracy and party system in Nigeria, more than anything else, qualified him to be Nigeria’s president.

“For us in Rivers State, we are solidly behind the presidency of our national leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. He worked so hard for the APC and he’s a detribalised man who has done so well for our democracy over the years.

“When Tinubu was working so hard for the APC, nobody talked about his age. “He has finished working, now, they are saying go and sit down let one young person come and take over. Does it work like that?

“I believe Tinubu is going there to make things better for Nigeria and Nigerians. He has the capacity and the ability to fix the economy of the country,” Ake declared.

Eze was unsettled by the support Abe mobilized for Tinubu. He attacked Abe, saying that Senator Magnus Abe took an oath never to allow harmony and cohesion exist in the state APC unless and until he is endorsed as APC governorship candidate in Rivers.

Eze accused Abe of sabotaging the APC and working with Governor Nyesom Wike of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to win the 2015 and 2019 elections, ensuring the defeat of the APC in the state.

According to Eze: “His antecedents in the 2015 and 2019 general elections are very visible to the close watchers of the politics of Rivers State. He perfected the act of ensuring the decimation of the APC during the 2019 general elections when he ensured that the party never fielded or participated in the 2019 general elections in the State.”

 

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