MY RE-ELECTION IS IN THE BEST INTEREST OF RIVERS-ABE
Senator Magnus Ngei Abe, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in
Rivers South-East Senatorial District re-run election has said that
electing him for the second time is in the best interest of Rivers State
and that the interest of the state should be paramount as against personal
Speaking at a media parley, well attended by journalists at his residence
in Port Harcourt on Monday, Senator Abe said that if voted for, he would
be the only ranking senator of APC in both South-South and South-East,
which would confer to him certain privileges which will be in the best
interest of the people and the region.
“The interest of Rivers State will be better protected with me in the 8th
Senate. I am the only returning member of the senate from the South-South
and South-East, who served in the 7th Senate that is aspiring at this
point to return to the 8th Senate. It therefore, means that from both the
South-South and South-East, I will be the only high ranking member of the
All Progressives Congress in as a Senator from the region. As a member of
the ruling party at that level, you have access to meetings and caucuses
that will influence decisions in the country, which somebody from a
minority party will not be able to have access because he is not part of
the political party. By the strength of God, today, the All Progressives
Congress is the party in power in the Federal Republic of Nigeria. I think
that common sense, wisdom and the interest of our people should determine
that we should send people who will be in the position to have access to
the government and work with the government in the interest of the larger
Rivers community. Between me and all my opponents in this re-run
elections, I am the only person who meets that criteria”.
Abe maintained that his previous performance in the senate towers above
his opponents including out-of-pocket development projects he had sited in
various communities in the district also makes the difference.
He further explained that he was happy to observe that in course of his
visits to the communities, the people could point out one development
programme or the other he had put in place in their areas.
“Every community I go to, most of the communities start by thanking me,
saying, we want to thank you for this and that, because I have been
involved in uplifting the lives of the people of Rivers South-East
Abe stated that he was convinced his opponents could not boast of such
achievements and urged the electorate to discountenance sentiments and put
the interest of the State above partisan politics.
He explained that he decided to embark on personal development project and
empowerment programmes to appreciate the support the people had given him,
stressing that if he were like others, such private fund would been used
for ostentatious living.
He enjoined the media to support him not only as a candidate for the
election but as one that is part of the media constituency, having served
as an award-winning former commissioner for information in the State.
Abe implored the media to set agenda on issues dear to Rivers people for
the candidates to discuss on.
He condemned reckless comments by politicians capable of inciting violence
before, during and after the re-run elections and appealed to the
candidates to refrain from inciting their supporters to violence.
“We should make the forthcoming re-run elections about what will bring
peace, progress and prosperity to Rivers State. I already see the
dangerous signal of this contest deteriorating into another era of civil
war if we don't restrain ourselves, our comments, turn from baseless
personal attacks and focus on the issues that affect our people. I believe
that the people of Rivers State over the past few months have suffered a
lot from this politics of destruction. It is time for us to now address
politics of building and I extend my both hands to all my opponents to
join me to run issue based campaign, keep violence out of this politics
and mobilize our people so that they can come out and make their choice”.
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