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Senator representing Rivers East in the Senate, Magnus Abe has dared the Transportation Minister, Rotimi Amaechi, saying that nobody can stop him from exercising his right to contest the governorship election in Rivers State, noting that whoever God has chosen to be governor will be governor.

Abe, who spoke yesterday during an interactive session with a coalition of 26 youth groups in Port Harcourt Main Town, also said that he can never abuse the former state governor, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi, whom he stressed remains his leader in the state All Progressives Congress, APC.

Abe said that “the politics of bitterness” being played out in the state won’t take yield the needed dividends for the people, adding that it was time for the people of the state to unite.

“Whoever God has chosen to be Governor will be Governor,, and there is nothing Amaechi can do about it,” Abe said.

He said that because he was fighting for his right to contest the governorship election in 2019, he has heard rumours that he is being sponsored by Governor Nyesom Wike, pointing out that he supported Amaechi’s bid to become governor in 2007 while he was serving as a commissioner in the government of Sir Peter Odili.

According to Abe, there was a day he argued with Odili over Amaechi’s governorship ambition, but surprisingly was not dropped by the then governor in his cabinet because it was clear that his support for Amaechi was final.

Abe said: “I told Sir Odili that whoever God wants to make governor will be governor; that nobody can do anything about it.

Today, I repeat that I am fighting for my right because I want to be governor. I will fight in a constitutional way to become governor, and nobody can deny me that right.

Amaechi is still my leader, and my supporters know that. I have sent a signal to my supporters so that we work with him whenever he wants justice to prevail in our party. I have never abused him in public.”

The governorship aspirants urged the people of the state to work for somebody who knows their challenges, just as he asked them to support “somebody who is not tied by invincible ropes.”

Abe added that he has “the institutional memory, capacity, knowledge and the understanding of the challenges facing Rivers to say that if given the opportunity to serve I will do things differently, and bring the people of the state together.”

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