Hard fighting senator representing Rivers South-East Senatorial District at the National Assembly, Senator Magnus Ngei Abe is optimistic that his party will sweep away the PDP strongman and governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike from office in 2019.
Abe is one of those contending for the office. His quarrel with his former boss and political leader, Rotimi Amaechi is traced to his ambition to succeed Wike.
Abe who spoke in a television programme that was monitored in Port Harcourt said the APC was stronger than ever before and doing well in Rivers State and expressed confidence that the party would take over the state in 2019.
The Senator said “the APC government has done more for Rivers State than the PDP government ever did. Work has started on the Bodo-Bonny Road in the state; work is also on going on the East-West Road”.
On the Ogoni Clean-up, the senator said “the president is committed to the Ogoni clean-up and he is working. This is the take-off point. The trust fund account is being opened and you have to finish all this process before you can accelerate. The PDP under the immediate past President had all the documents but put them in his locker.
“The PDP government then had all the opportunity to implement the UNEP Report but they didn't do it. They talked about it for years and nothing happened”.
Abe further stated that APC in Rivers State is not dead but has done better than the PDP in terms of infrastructure and human capacity development.
“I believe that APC is the only party in this country at this time that can solve the problems of Nigeria, unite the country and move it forward”.
On the state of the international airport at Omagwa, Ikwerre Local Government Area, Abe said that because of the commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari to Rivers people, the government accepted to pay for a variation made by the contractor after the contract was been awarded by the PDP government.
On Governor Nyesom Wike's position over the forth-coming visit to Rivers State by President Muhammadu Buhari, Abe said “it will be an opportunity for the governor to find a way to work with the president to ensure that we have a better security but because of the undertone of the violence in Rivers State, I think that is why he finds the visit uncomfortable at this time”.
Recounting the genesis of the Rivers APC crises the former Secretary to State Government (SSG) said the Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi formed his own group in the party making it difficult for APC members to meet together to discuss the affairs of the party.
“Because some of us were advocating for some form of internal democracy within the party (APC) on the choice of candidates ahead of the 2019 elections, the Minister decided he was no longer going to carry everybody along but to form his own part of the party”.
“This has made it very difficult for those with a contrary opinion to be able to meet in one place and discuss issues of the party. But, that does not mean the party is torn apart. We still have all our structures intact and means of communicating. We would continue to expand on those structures and enhance mutual communication within the party.
“In any political system, disagreements are normal. In fact, every political system should expect some kind of issues because you have people with different needs, different ideas, different objectives coming together but the fundamental thing with Rivers APC is our agreement to take over Rivers State in 2019. We are united over it and have decided to solidly stand behind President Buhari and working together to ensure that he is returned as president. We have all agreed”.