Senator Magnus Abe

Rivers 2023: Abe’s Comparative Advantage In Governorship Contest


(By Iheanyi Ezinwo) –
Senator Magnus Ngei Abe is a household name in Rivers State. Early in his political journey, Barr. Magnus Abe represented the good people of Gokana State Constituency at the Rivers State House of Assembly. That was in 1999.

His exceptional intelligence, mastery of English language and social networking soon moved him to the Executive Arm of Government where he served as Commissioner for Information during the administration of Dr. Peter Odili, just after one term in the Legislature where he served as Minority Leader.


Like the proverbial Golden Fish that has no hiding place, the Ogoni – born politician was also appointed Secretary to Government of Rivers State during the first term of the administration of former Governor Chibuike Amaechi. No sooner had that administration completed it’s first term than Hon. Magnus Abe proceeded to the National Assembly where he effectively represented the Rivers South- East Senatorial District for four years. He was later re – elected for another term before redirecting his attention to seeking to become the Governor of Rivers State.


As expected, Senator Magnus Abe put in his best to get the ticket of the All Progressives Congress, APC, his party at the time in 2015 but he was outplayed, and Dr. Dakuku Peterside was favoured by the party leadership.


Although his supporters protested, he had to swallow the bitter pill and moved on. However, when the 2015 scenario was replayed in 2019, the Gokana – born politician could not accept the affliction the second time. At the end of the conflicts involving him and other aggrieved members of the APC and their party, APC  was unable to field any candidate in the 2019 elections.


In the proceedings leading to the 2023 general elections, the distinguished Senator possibly saw in advance that the odds of winning the Governorship ticket in the APC would not favour him, so he figured out a plan B. It was therefore a thing of joy to thousands of his loyalists across Rivers State, when last weekend, all the processes were concluded and he emerged as the Governorship Candidate of the Social Democratic Party, SDP. With this development, Senator  Magnus Abe now has a platform to pursue and realise his political aspiration in Rivers State.


Meanwhile, political analysts who spoke with Notable Outcome on the development described Senator Abe’s emergence as governorship candidate of SDP as a welcome development, describing him as a credible option for the voters. They further observed that Senator Magnus Abe does not require introduction in Rivers State, just as they cited his determined efforts to build bridges across the state over the years.


As the months turn to weeks, and weeks to days ahead of the 2023, Rivers people are in high spirits to exercise their civic obligations without the traditional interferences involving ballot box snatching and other forms of electoral malpractices.


From all indications, the 2023 elections  may turn out to be a popularity contest, and  with time and chance appearing to be in favour of the distinguished Senator Magnus Abe, his supporters are confident of victory at the polls.

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