(By Iheanyi Ezinwo)-The Senator representing Rivers South East senatorial district and governorship aspirant in the All Progressives Congress, APC, Senator Magnus Ngei Abe, has decried the undisguised intimidations and underhand tactics to favour some persons and violently shut out others.
Senator Abe, who was speaking at Bori, headquarters of Khana Local Government Area of Rivers State, during a special prayer session organized by women of the Rivers South-East Senatorial District on Sunday demanded for level playing field to allow all Rivers sons and daughters who are interested in political offices to aspire. He however insisted that last Saturday’s vandalization of the party’s new secretariat by hoodlums will not stop its official opening ceremony.
The Senator said: “Let me say very clearly that today, some people went and attacked the new party office that the party is trying to open on Aba Road, Port Harcourt.
“The whole idea of bringing guns into politics is to intimidate people. To create fear in your mind. To make you think that no matter how many you are, with one gun, they are more than you. That is the message they want to send.
“But let me stand here, before God Almighty and respond to them. And let me also say that when we don’t carry guns, it is not because we don’t know where guns are. I have said it before, that I buy computers for students because that is what I give my own children.
“If guns are so good, go and give them to your own children. What you are not giving to your children and you go outside and give it to the children of other people while your own children are in America, your own children are in London, your own children are in the most expensive universities in this country.
“Then to other people’s children, you are comfortable to give them guns and send them to go and attack other people’s children, if you are that kind of leader, you are not a good leader and God will not support you”, the aggrieved senator maintained
Abe, who is also the senator representing Rivers South-East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, called on the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to launch an investigation into the attack on the new party secretariat in order to bring the perpetrators to book.
He further said: “Let me use this opportunity to reiterate that I am a man of peace and will remain a man of peace.Everybody knows that when the righteous rule, the people rejoice because they know that the righteous will not buy guns for other p eople’s children in the name of politics. We will not allow it”.
“I have not fought anybody. I have not quarreled with anybody but all I am saying and will continue to say is that we must create a party that is open to everybody where there will be a level playing field for all Rivers people who are interested in political office to aspire”.
Meanwhile, observers who spoke to Notable Outcome in Port Harcourt on the lingering crises in the All Progressives Congress in Rivers State say the crises may be resolved in a win -win situation requiring both factions to harmonize positions in the state executive, else the party would lose out completely in the forthcoming elections in the state.
According to them, the existence of a parallel executive and a secretariat of the APC in Rivers Sate will make harmonization an inevitable reality, ultimately, as, according to them, it remains the obvious solution to the emergent intractable problems in the party.