I Cannot Disregard My State Governor, Senator Abe Tells Critics

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Ernest Chinwo in Port Harcourt
The senator representing Rivers South-east senatorial district in the National Assembly, Senator Magnus Abe, has said he would never shun the State Governor, Nyesom Wike, whenever they meet at a public function.Abe, who was reacting to criticisms about his recent picture with Wike, said as a senator, he cannot see the governor of his state and shun him.

In a statement issued in Port Harcourt yesterday by his spokesperson, Parry Benson, Abe noted that Wike is governor of all people and residents of Rivers State and that it was only logical that the office and person of the governor be accorded the respect he deserves.

His words: “As to my picture with Governor Nyesom Wike, I don’t want to go into my personal history with Wike; that is a story for another day. The reality of today is that Governor Wike is the governor of my state. I have always called on the governor to be a governor to all Rivers people without regard to party, tribe or creed and that includes me.

“I cannot say that and fail to acknowledge the governor when I meet him in a public function. What example will I be showing the young ones if as senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, I see the governor of my own state in a public function and shun or ignore him because of our differences in party affiliation?
“I am irrevocably determined and committed to the avowed objective of our party the All Progressives Congress (APC) to recover Rivers state from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and align our people properly with the centre. We should do that in a manner that respects our core values as a people and enriches our dignity as human beings.”

He added: “By the special grace of God, I won’t cease from doing what I believe to be right. Whenever I can do so, I will always treat people I know with respect and decorum in public. That is my way of letting the world know that I am the son of late Rev Canon A. L. Abe.”

Abe also said he was surprised seeing sponsored young people writing unprintable things about him because of his presence at a reception held in honour of his friend and senator representing Rivers West District in the National Assembly, Senator ThankGod Ideozu.

The senator said: “I was surprised to see young people being sponsored to write unprintable things about me on social media because of my presence at the reception held in honour of my friend and colleague Senator ThankGod Ideozu.”
“I have said severally that my friends and supporters should learn from me what I learnt from my late father “inherit and share my friends but make your own enemies.”

“These young politicians are being brought up on a diet of hate towards people about whom they know little or nothing. They are also being taught never to forgive. An unforgiving spirit is dangerous to a happy life. If you know I have done you no harm, please tone it down.”

He maintained that he had had a long-standing relationship with Ideozu which party differences would not break.

“Senator Ideozu was Minority Whip of the Rivers State House of Assembly and one of the members who actively worked to make me the Minority Leader of the House. He was my colleague in the Rivers State Executive Council as Commissioner for Finance while I was Secretary to the Government, and today we are colleagues in the Senate. Why won’t I be at his reception if I am invited?” Abe, who is also Chairman, Senate Committee on FERMA, said.

  • Stanley

    Well done Senator Abe. Elder Statesman Late Alhaji Maitama Sule told us a story of a follower of Chief Obafemi Awolowo walking passed Alhaji Ahmadu Sir Bello the Sardauna of Sokoto in London without greeting him. The Sardauna saw Chief Awolowo and complained to him. Chief Obafemi Awolowo went away quietly in search of the man. He found him, brought him to the Sardauna and ordered him to kneel down and greet the him. In the words of the Chief Awo “I don’t a party of indiscipline people”.

    They were opposed to each other politically but they were committed to ensuring that it does not affect their relationship, not even their followers. Today we regard both as our great leaders. Senator Abe has showed himself as a great leader and son of Rivers State.

  • Milito

    You are indeed a role model and a son of your father. Please ignore the low minded individuals and naysayers….

  • Asuk

    Thats right and proper. Ameachi plays primitive politics of bitterness and vindictiveness. Wike is governor and must be accorded that respect.

  • Felix Adigwe

    God bless you, Senator Magnus Abe

  • Prosperous Nigeria

    Verily Verily I say unto thee, a greater than Waziri IBRAHIM has risen in Nigeria!

  • Cheta God

    Amechi and indeed APC should learn from this Senator. The era of politics with bitterness is over. Eastern Nigeria is PDP

  • Judith

    I am impressed with this senator if he acts as he speaks in front of the camera, as well as behind closed doors. Other politicians should take a ‘page from his book’….I actually always saw him as Amaechi’s Mr. Fix it.

  • asuevie

    I truly respect Abe for this timely and glorious response. If he continue this way, me think better things await him, if only he believes in what he has commented.
    Indeed that is the comment of a good son from a good father.

    • Ubong

      I pray and wish others learned from him. I wish others debunked the stigma of a region perpetually at war among themselves, wrongly attributed to us and manured to grow by our unreasonable personal grudges copy Abe spirit of unity, love and peace. I pray we copy the undiluted unity of purpose among other region as shown by their collective purpose devoid of party, to make sure everything politically was done by all regional political strategists to make sure political power return to them during 2015 election. I hope Abe will do everything within his personal believe to let others know that alphabet APC or PDP do not show wickedness to fellow Riverians but human beings devoid of alphabet called party in Nigeria. Abe i salute you and wishyou remain independent ependent from those that always wanth to create trouble in the state

  • Daniel

    I think they want Senator Abe to use his convoy to black Gov Wike convoy.

    • Lukman Asifat

      When you see a politician dancing and speaking the way Senator Abe is doing presently, shine your eye oooo