Transportation Minister and former Rivers state governor, Rotimi Amaechi a has insisted that he won’t support the governorship ambition of Senator Magnus Abe in the upcoming 2019 general elections.
The minister made his comments during a meeting with the Ikwerre Chiefs and Elders’ Forum (IACEF) on Saturday, February 10, Punch reports.
Reports gather that the leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers state, condemned Abe for abusing and daring him on a daily basis.
I Will Rather Support Someone From Riverine Area Than To Support Abe – Amaechi
He stated: “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 votes on him.”
The minister stated that out of the 2.5 million eligible voters in the state, 1.1 million of that number were from Ikwerre.
Amaechi who said he would support someone from the riverine area to become the next governor in the state for eight years before power would move to Ogoni stated that it would be a thing of greed if an Ikwerre indigene ruled for more than 12 years.
He maintained that the position of the governor in the state was rotational among the various ethnic groups.
He stated further: “At the moment, we have not chosen a candidate. Only God will decide who will become the next governor.”
The IACEF chairman, Chief Sunny Dikeh assured the Rivers state governor that the forum would support the minister in ensuring that the APC regained power in the state.
Dikeh further urged the minister, to forgive those who had in one way or the other offended him.
He stated: “We are aware sir that some Ikwerre sons and daughters have betrayed you after assisting them to attain heights that ordinarily they would not have attained.
“We are here to say sorry and also apologize on their behalf.”
Meanwhile, Nigeria news had reported that Senator Abe says APC is not only a party but an ideology.