Magnus Abe, senator representing Rivers South-East Senatorial District, has told lawmakers from the state to put the interest of Rivers first ahead of anything else.
Abe said this on Saturday during a victory thanksgiving by federal and state lawmakers elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State.
In a statement signed by Parry Saroh Benson, spokesperson to the senator, Abe stated that the people of Rivers State have a common destiny and heritage.
“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,” the senator said.
On his part, Senate President, Bukola Saraki, urged all the aggrieved members of the APC in Rivers State to reconcile with one another and embrace peace.
Saraki said the time was ripe for all APC members in the state to forgive one another and work towards total reconciliation and peace.
The senate president commended Abe for his humility and peaceful disposition saying that the presence of senators and other personalities at the event is a clear testimony of Abe’s humility.
He charged chairman of the party in the state, Dr. Davies Ikanya, to set the ball rolling by initiating a peace process.
Saraki said, “We want all the APC members in Rivers State to call for peace and reconciliation. What is wrong is wrong. We want peace in Rivers State and we want peace to reign in the State chapter of the party.
“The presence of Senators from across the country as well as other dignitaries at the reception shows that Abe is a very humble person. Abe worked very hard for the party. If not for Magnus Abe somebody will not be in the cabinet today. You are a very loyal and courageous person.”
In his remarks, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike called on Rivers politicians and political office holders to always place the state first in all their dealings and ensure the rapid development of the state.
“The State should be the first to be considered at all times. The interest of the state is paramount,” Wike said.
“When we come together, all we should preach is how Rivers State should be the number one state in the country.”
Also speaking, Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha described Senator Abe as a man with a large heart capable of achieving great things for his people and called on Rivers people to unite.
“I see Senator Abe as a man who is going somewhere and desirous to put his people on the pedestal of development.”
The Rivers APC legislators present at the event include, Hon. Barry Mpigi, Maurice Pronen and Hon. Chidi Wihioka, members representing Eleme/Tai/Oyigbo, Khana/Gokana and Emohua/Ikwerre Federal Constituencies in the House of Representatives, respectively.
Others are the member representing Eleme, Khana II and Tai Constituencies in the Rivers State House of Assembly, Hon. Josiah Olu; FridayNkeeh and Mathew Dike.