MAGNUS Ngei Abe, a candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the Rivers South East Senatorial District re-run election has lambasted Governor Nyesome Wike for not being sincere to Ogoni people.
Reacting to a statement credited to Wike where he asked the Ogoni to vote against Abe as a matter of priority, Abe, at a groundbreaking rally organised by the Khana Connected Friends at Bori Police Field, Bori in Khana Local Government Area, the former senator queried why the governor was more interested in who would win Rivers South East Senatorial election, than his own Senate district.
He said that Wike’s comment was a grand design to ensure that Ogoni people did not have adequate representation and strong voice in the state and at the national level.
Abe wondered why Wike would claim to love Ogoni people when he had been treating the ones working with him in his cabinet shabbily.
“If Wike loves Ogoni people, he should start with the ones working with him. Why did he suspend Fred Kpakol without even hearing from him”, he said.
The former secretary to the Rivers State government said that the antics of Wike could better be explained by the proverbial offspring of the toad and the snake, who were innocently playing together until they had a break and returned to their mothers. The mother toad admonished her child for playing with a dangerous animal while; mother snake also did the same to the child for not swallowing the toad only to complain of hunger. Acting on this advice, the little snake beckoned on the toad for another round of play. The toad replied, what your mother told you, my own mother also told me. The Ogoni cannot be fooled,” he said.
Nevertheless, Abe thanked the Khana Connected Friends for mobilising such a large crowd for his re-election bid, assuring that he would never disappoint the Ogoni as their true son.
Earlier in his own speech, Celestine Akpobari, coordinator of the Ogoni Solidarity Forum, said he had not been a partisan person and that as a civil society activist that he would support Ogoni’s interest and cause.
He reminded the people that he had advocated for Ogoni governor, irrespective of the party.
Akpobari stated that today he was supporting Abe as he saw in him the interest of Ogoni.
He said that Abe was their best bet for the position and that any right thinking Ogoni man should vote for him.
“We need Senator Abe more than he needs us today. He is one of the most popular politicians we have in Nigeria today. He is the only man that has enough credit in his political account that all Ogoni people can draw on. Ogoni people will make the greatest mistake of their life if on the 19th of March; we do not turn out enmasse to elect Senator Abe. He is the only person contesting for Senatorial election from Ogoni extraction,” he said.
In his speech, Marvin Yobana, the African representative in the World Assembly of Youths, said that Abe was a patriotic Ogoni man who had been using his personal money to provide water to many communities in Ogoni and the entire district.
Such a person, he said, should be supported and encouraged. He said that Ogoni people know what they want and that Magnus Abe was their choice and not Olaka Nwogu.
In his comment, Thomas Bariere Area, coordinator of the Khana Connected Friends, said that the group was a child of necessity to help pursue sincerely the interest of Ogoni in the present political dispensation.
He stated that the group had identified Abe of the APC as the interest of Ogoni and urged all Khana people to support him so that the Ogoni would have a strong voice in the Senate and national body politic.
— Feb 22, 2016 @ 15:30 GMT