In the build up to the 2019 general elections, Transport Minister, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has vowed to truncate the gubernatorial ambition of Senator Magnus Abe who currently represents Rivers South-East.
He made this position known on Saturday at a meeting with some Ikwerre chiefs and elders.
In his words “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,” he said.
He added that his Ikwerre ethnic group had 1.1 million votes out of the 2.5 million eligible voters in the state”.
Amaechi also said that he had no gubernatorial candidate in mind and that was for God to decide.
In a similar development, Abe has said the people of the state reserve the right to determine who their leaders will be, stressing that the state must come first.
Abe spoke on Saturday during a victory thanksgiving/reception by the federal and state lawmakers elected on the platform of the APC in Rivers State.
The APC legislators include Abe, as well as the members representing Eleme/Tai/Oyigbo, Khana/Gokana and Emohua/Ikwerre federal constituencies in the House of Representatives, Barry Mpigi, Maurice Pronen and Chidi Wihioka, respectively.
Others are the members representing Eleme, Khana II and Tai constituencies in the Rivers State House of Assembly, Josiah Olu; Friday Nkeeh and Mathew Dike, respectively.
The senator said, “Now is the time to put the interest of the state ahead of anything else. We must work together so that the people can benefit from the politics we play.”