The APC candidate for the Rivers South-East Senatorial District, Senator Magnus Ngei Abe has urged Rivers State Governor, Chief Barr Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, to march his call for political reconciliation and peace with action.
Making the call yesterday in Port Harcourt, Senator Abe declared that he was happy with the governor’s speech, shortly after the invalidation of his election by the Supreme Court, and invitation to the APC governorship candidate, Dr. Adol Dakuku Peterside, to join hands with him and move Rivers state forward.
He also stated that, he was satisfied with the response of Dr. Peterside who expressed readiness and willingness to work with him, and make constructive criticisms, where and when necessary, and stressed that, governor Wike should make moves to substantiate the genuineness and sincerity in his call, for an all inclusive government and politics without bitterness.
On political violence in the state, Senator Abe maintained that his position about it was clear. “I have never, and will never buy arms for youths to cause violence, because of my political ambition, and I stand to be challenged by anybody who can prove me wrong.
“Rather than buying arms for youths to cause violence, I give them scholarships. Rather than destroying, I empower them. We cannot glorify violence and criminality and expect not to reap their fruits. Non violence has been, and remains my principle, and I challenge other leaders to do same.”
He criticized political leaders who send their families abroad or out of the state, while arming the youths of other families for political mayhem, urging the entire Rivers people to support the police and other security operatives to tackle insecurity and fish out the sponsors, their agent, and bring them to book.
On his reaction to the validation of governor Wike’s election, the former Senate Committee Chairman on Oil and Gas (downstream) observed that as a lawyer, he would rather accept the verdict, since it is the highest court in the land, and also argued that people should also accept the nullification by the Appeal Court, the National and State Assembly elections without feeling that by the validation of Wike’s election, the Appeal Court short-changed the candidates whose victories were nullified.
He expressed faith in the new Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr. Aniedi, who he testified had enough credentials to conduct free, fair and credible election. Senator Abe emphasized that he had the best credential, experience and drive to represent his constituency and the state very well, coming from the party at the centre.

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