The rift between the Senator representing Rivers South East Senatorial district at the National Assembly, Magnus Abe, and his acclaimed godfather Rotimi Amaechi has taken a new dimension as the Senators on Friday alleged that Amaechi, the Minister of Transportation, once ordered him to bomb the Port Harcourt office of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
Abe was reacting to Amaechi’s claim that he’s working with the state governor Nyesom Wike, an opposition party man.
Amaechi reportedly accused Abe of working against the interest of APC in the state.
Rivers APC has be engulfed in massive crisis since the party conducted its primaries in 2018. There were two factions which has put the fate if the party on the line in the state.
Abe, in a statement personally signed by him and obtained by infomediang.com, said: “I have received several calls this morning that the the Minister of Transportation Rt Hon Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi was on air this morning alleging that I am being used by Gov Wike to destabilise the APC in Rivers state.
“It’s unfortunate that the only time we met, at the office of the national chairman of the APC to try to find some working solution to crisis in the party, the Hon Minister of Transportation, Rt Hon Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi, spent over two hour abusing me, and calling me names.
“He did not mention Rivers state or the APC once in the course of his entire diatribe. The national chairman could not call him to order or remind him of the purpose for the meeting that day. Instead the party was bullied into participating in an illegality.
“Today, rather than discuss how we can come together despite our differences to mobilise Rivers people to vote for our party and our President, Minister Amaechi was busy telling Rivers people that I am being used by Governor Wike.
“Amaechi as governor worked with me and he is aware that several times he ordered me to do things that I considered wrong, or incompatible with my principles, I not only refused to carry out such orders but I always told him to his face that I would not do them and I never did.
“When he ordered me to go arrange to bomb the INEC office in Port -Harcourt after the 2015 elections. I told him to his face that I cannot be part of any action that would involve violence and death because of politics, when he ordered the attacks on GDI at the time Governor Wike started GDI in Rivers state, Gokana was the first local Government in Rivers state that disobeyed that order, even though there were those hell bent on carrying out his orders in Gokana at time.
“So Minister Amaechi knows from personal experience that I cannot be used by anybody to do something I do not believe in. His refusal as a leader to accept responsibility for his actions is the reason the party is in this state.
Senator accused Mr Amaechi of not appreciating all the efforts and fights he had put up to protect his interest.
“The bulk of the fight against Wike in 2015 was in my senatorial district, I led the fight in person from the front even the face clear personal danger. It is unfortunate that rather than face the real issues the Minister has continued to engage in name calling, inciting violence, and abusing those that can help to find solutions.”
The success of APC in Rivers is dicey as the factions engaged in legal battle till wee-hours of presidential election starting a few hours from now.
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