Rotimi Amaechi, Transport Minister, vowed not to support the governorship aspiration of the Senator representing Rivers South East, Senator Magnus Abe.
Magnus Abe an APC Chieftain, who used to be Amaechi strong ally, has falling out of favour. Abe is busy romancing with all the Politicians in Rivers State, in-respective of Party Affiliation.
Most of the Politicians behind Magnus Abe are PDP members that used to be bedfellows of Mr. Rotimi Amaechi but dump him when he decamped to APC. Amaechi spear headed the Senatorial campaign that brought election victory to Senator Magnus Abe.
Why the sudden rift between these two friends? The Transport Minister has reportedly said that there should be rotation of power between upland and riverine communities. He said that the power should shift to the Riverine communities in Rivers State. Amaechi maintain that an Ikwerre man has ruled for 12 years and it is wise for another tribe to take on the helm of leadership in the state. He said from the rotation of power which was in place in the state, it is the turn of a riverine man or woman to become the next governor of the state.
Magnus Abe is from Ogoni, an upland area of the state. He want an Ogoni man to become the next governor of the state. He sees himself as the only qualified Ogoni man that should be the next governor of the state. But if an Ogoni man become the governor of Rivers State come 2019, it will make 20 years an upland man have rule the state successively. Peter Odili ruled for 8 years. Rotimi Amaechi ruled for 8 years and now Wike will rule for 4 years or another 8 years. These men are all from the upland part of the state. This is what Rotimi Amaechi is trying to put an end to. He said it will be unjust if power is not shifted to the people of the riverine part of the state.
The question some APC supporters are asking is whether Senator Magnus Abe can take power from Nyesom Wike in 2019. One of the supporters of APC in Rivers State told Talk News Sports that if truly Abe wants to defeat Wike come 2019, he should stop romancing with the opposition. If Abe is working for APC, he will not be seen with the opposition all the time. Mr. Ebele, an APC supporter in Rivers State said Magnus Abe is being used by PDP to create disaffection among APC members in the state, in order for Wike to have a smooth running victory in 2019.
Could this be the reason why Rotimi Amaechi said that Magnus Abe is daring him and that he won’t support his governorship aspiration?