A former member of the National Assembly representing the Senatorial District of Rivers South-East, Magnus Abe, purchased the expression of intent and nomination forms from the All Progressives Congress for the 2023 gubernatorial election in the state of Rivers.
His press secretary, Parry Benson, said so in a statement made available to reporters in Port Harcourt on Monday.
According to him, the people of Rivers State were more interested in effective governance that would return power to the people, rather than politics.
Some APC stakeholders had, after a recent meeting in Abuja, endorsed Lagos-based businessman Tonye Cole as the party’s consensus candidate in the state.
But Abe said: ‘I have already bought my form to stand in the primary for our party, APC, and it will interest you to know that Rivers people from all over have contributed money to help me get this form.
“Rivers people from every division, every ethnicity, every political affiliation, every religious affiliation you can think of, Muslims, Christians, people from across the state, put 20,000 naira, some 1 million naira. They brought money to help me overcome this barrier.
“I think with that kind of background, party members across the state have realized that I’m one of their best to be able to cross that bridge when we get there.
“Second, let me also say that as far as I know, what the people of Rivers are interested in right now is not so much politics, but effective governance.
“They want a governor who will dedicate his time to meeting their own needs and their own challenges.
“They want a governor who understands their own issues they face. See, like I was talking to our kids the other day at Rivers State University when you’re hungry at school, no one knows if you’re from Kalabari or Ogoni.
“When you don’t have a job, nobody knows if you are from Ekpeye or Andoni. At that time, our problems are the same.
“When people try to promote feeling over reality, they’re trying to use those feelings to blind you to the reality of your situation.
“The reality of our situation today in Rivers State is that we need to work together, we need to unite across political and ethnic privilege to be able to harness the vast and enormous economic potentials that Rivers State possesses. We need leaders who can bring this message of unity, this message of inclusion.
“We need leaders who are humble enough to understand that being governor is just a job, you are hired by the people to do the job.
“I have the track record to allow the people of Rivers to believe that when I say this, that’s what it will be.
“That’s why my candidacy resonates throughout the state, not just within the APC but within society at large, across all ethnic blocs and within groups within the state.”
He added, “I think a lot of APC members, despite our differences, realize that I have the best chance of actually handing the governorship to the people of Rivers State.”
“I hate to play the ethnic card because when politicians do that, they take away what should be the substance of the conversation, what our fellow citizens, the voters are supposed to get out of the political experience.”
Abe recalled that since the establishment of Rivers State in 1967, no Ogoni son or daughter has ever served as Governor, Deputy Governor, Speaker of the Rivers State Assembly or Chief Justice, which , according to him, could not be a coincidence. .
He said, “There are three senatorial districts in Rivers State, Rivers West, Rivers East and Rivers South-East Senatorial Districts, but in total only Rivers South-East Senatorial District had no yet governor product.
“The Ogonis are of course the majority in this senatorial constituency, where I come from, and in our party, the APC.
“Last time we met as a united party, we zoned the governorship in the Rivers South-East Senate District, which everyone knows if you follow the rules of fairness, justice and in fairness, it should be the senatorial district to produce the next governor of the state.
“So if we all own Rivers State equally, it is an injustice to treat the Ogonis unequally because they are a major segment of the state as well.”
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