Rotimi Amaechi, ahead of the 2019 governorship election in Rivers State, has insisted that he will not support the governorship ambition of the lawmaker representing Rivers South-East, Senator Magnus Abe.
The minister of transportation stated so recently, adding his reasons during a meeting with the Ikwerre Chiefs and Elders’ Forum.
“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 vote on him,” he said.
He added that his Ikwerre ethnic group had 1.1 million votes out of the 2.5 million eligible voters in the state.
Amaechi maintained that the position of the governor in the state was rotational among the various ethnic groups, saying that it would amount to greed should Ikwerre hold on to power for more than 12 years.
The former governor said he would support a person from the riverine area to occupy the position of the governor for eight years before power would move to Ogoni.
“At the moment, we have not chosen a candidate. Only God will decide who will become the next governor,” Amaechi stressed.
The Chairman of IACEF, Chief Sunny Dikeh, promised to support Amaechi to ensure that the APC regained power in the state.
Dikeh, who called on Amaechi to forgive those who betrayed him, said, “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 apologise on their behalf.”
Meanwhile, Abe has said the people of the state reserve the right to determine who their leaders will be, stressing that the state must come first.
“Now is the time to put the interest of the state ahead of anything else. We must work together so that the people can benefit from the politics we play,” Abe stated.
Amaechi VS Abe, let’s see who the people will listen to.