The Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, has denied that there is crisis in Rivers State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) but vowed that he is going to use everything at his disposal to oppose the governorship ambition of Senator Magnus Abe for daring him.
The rift between the state’s former governor and the lawmaker representing Rivers South-East at the Senate, has been listed by many political analysts as one of the toughest job the reconciliation team recently set up by President Muhammadu Buhari, which is headed by a leader of the party, Senator Bola Tinubu, will face in their efforts to reconcile aggrieved members of the party.
However, Amaechi speaking at the weekend during a meeting with the Ikwerre Chiefs and Elders’ Forum claimed, “There is no fight in the APC. I am not in any way stopping Abe from running for the governorship (position), but what I know is that I will not support him. Abe is daring me; an Ikwerre son. He is abusing me every day. I will ensure I use Ikwerre vote on him.”
According to Amaechi, Ikwerre ethnic group has 1.1 million votes of the 2.5 million eligible voters in the state, and insisted he’ll use the voting population of his ethnic group, the Ikwerre people of the state against Abe.
Giving further reasons on his decision, Amaechi explained that the position of the governor in the state was rotational among the various ethnic groups, and that it would amount to greed should Ikwerre hold on to power for more than 12 years.
He said that it was based on this, that he would support a person from the riverine area to emerge as the next governor of the state for eight years before power would move to Ogoni.
He said, “At the moment, we have not chosen a candidate. Only God will decide who will become the next governor.”
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