(By Chris K. Amadi) -As pressures mount to crowd Senator Magnus Abe, representing Rivers South East at the National Assembly from the governorship race on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, the Ogoni born politician says he is not moved by the schemes of men but has his eyes on the Almighty God who has the final say.
Writing on His Face book wall, the former secretary to Rivers State Government during the administration of former Governor Rotimi Amaechi says he remains unruffled by the gang up against his governorship aspiration:
“Men may be masters of manipulation, but God alone holds the future. I am totally unruffled and at peace. I know the game and I know the rules: the referee can change the rules and move the posts to archive a predetermined end but only God will have the final say”.
Insisting that every individual is entitled to his opinion in a democracy, Senator Abe wondered why the governorship aspiration of an Ogoni has suddenly become a big threat to some persons, and attracting underserved opposition.
“First let me ask a very simple question: why is so much money and effort invested by politicians on the issue of the Ogoni people liking or wanting Senator Abe? Is any other politician from any other tribe in Rivers State subjected to such ethnic scrutiny? Or is there a separate standard for the Ogonis?
“Secondly I was in my house just recovering from one of the longest and toughest elections in the history of Nigeria when someone called a meeting of all Rivers people to announce that Senator Abe cannot and can never be Governor of Rivers State”, Abe declared, wondering why those who saw nothing wrong in the unprovoked attack on him are now turning around to accuse him of being desperate for the office of governor of Rivers State.
“More than three of such meetings were called before others responded by calling a meeting to say Senator Abe can be Governor. Then Senator Abe is desperate”, the senator argued , adding that whatever narratives that are being promoted about his comments on the emergence of Dakuku Peterside as Governorship candidate of Rivers APC in 2015 remains the handiwork of people who have biased opinions about him.
The senator maintained that he is loved by his people, contrary to speculations in some quarters, and that he will continue to relate with them according to the level of resources at his disposal.