The Senator representing the Rivers South-East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Magnus Ngei Abe, has called on Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi and his supporters in Rivers State to stop abusing President Muhammadu Buhari over the predicament of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the State.
He blamed the failure of the APC in the state on what he called campaign for personal supremacy and blame.
The Senator said: “Now you have gone into an election for which you are clearly ill-prepared, and yet the president gave you everything.
“Rivers APC had NDDC, Railway, NPA, Shippers Council; Ministry of Transportation, Police, Army, Air Force, DSS and yet you could not win”.
He said that Nigerians have of course heard and ignored stories of the abuses rained on the President on a daily basis by those who are supposed to be his supporters and promoters in Rivers State.
Abe in a statement issued in Port Harcourt by his spokesperson, Parry Saroh Benson, recalled that during the party’s Presidential campaign in Port Harcourt, not a kind word was said about the President for his numerous achievements in Rivers State.
Senator Abe, who was reacting to comments of the Director-General of the Amaechi/Cole campaign, Hon. Chidi Loyd, on a live TV programme on Thursday, saying such habit of blaming everybody for the party’s woes must stop.
The statement reads, “I was visibly shocked when Hon. Chidi Lloyd, the Director-General of the Amaechi/Cole campaign went on Channels TV to openly abuse the President and blamed President Buhari for the electoral challenges facing the APC in Rivers State”.
“This is most unfortunate. The habit of blaming everyone else for our woes must stop immediately. We had a needless and senseless power tussle in the party even when everyone agreed that the minister was the leader, yet that was Senator Abe’s fault, (because Senator Abe has a gubernatorial ambition as if there is any member of a political party in Nigeria without an ambition).
“APC members in Rivers State went to court for a minor issue that could have been resolved internally in ten minutes, they were accused of being sponsored by Governor Wike.
“The APC leadership went to physically attack the Courts and openly disobeyed Court orders and the Courts responded by axing the candidates for being products of that disobedience. The judges were accused of being PDP and working for Wike.
“Now you have gone into an election for which you are clearly ill-prepared, and yet the president gave you everything. Rivers APC had NDDC, Railway, NPA, Shippers Council; Ministry of Transportation, Police, Army, Air Force, DSS and yet you could not win because the INEC REC is PDP. INEC Chairman is PDP, haba!”
“Now we are blaming the President, is the President also working with Wike? If we had taken time to remind Rivers people of the uncommon love that Buhari has shown to Rivers people in the Ogoni cleanup, the Bodo-Bonny Road, approval for new higher institutions in Rivers State, appointments of our sons and daughters into positions of trust and so on”.
The Senator further said, “We would have made more sense to Rivers people than the failed campaign for personal supremacy by the leader of the party in the state.
“The president even went as far as risking his reputation and integrity to support the APC in Rivers State more than any other state in Nigeria.
“In playing our usual blame game let us leave President Buhari out of it and focus on the real issues facing the party in Rivers State,” Abe stated.