For allegedly daring and insulting him, Rotimi Amaechi, the Minister of Transportation, has threatened to frustrate Senator Magnus Abe’s supposed 2019 governorship ambition.
Amaechi said this after boycotting a thanksgiving service organised by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to celebrate the federal and state lawmakers elected on the party’s platform in the state.
The minister boycotted the event to attend a meeting with the Ikwerre Chiefs and Elders’ Forum, where he claimed that Senator Abe, who represents Rivers South-East, insults him daily.
“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.
“At the moment, we have not chosen a candidate. Only God will decide who will become the next governor,” said Amaechi.
Meanwhile, at the APC thanksgiving service, Senator Abe urged lawmakers in the state to put the state’s interest first before anything else.
The event was attended by Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Governor Nyesom Wike of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and Governor Aminu Tambuwal, amongst others.
Speaking in the same light as Abe, 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,” adding that “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.”