Following speculations of a rift between former governor of Rivers State and current Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Ameachi and former Senator from the state, Senator Magnus Abe, the Senator has come out to explain the true position of things.
The recent litigation battles in the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and eventual judgment of the Supreme Court invalidating4e the nomination of Igo Aguma as cartaker chairman of the Rivers wing of the APC and enthroned Isaac Ogbobula as the authentic holder of the leadership mantle, revealed some level of power tussle between Ameachi and Abe.
Igo Aguma is an ardent loyalist of Abe, while Isaac Ogbobula is a known ally to Ameachi.
However, Sen. Abe, while speaking in an interview on Channels TV, disclosed that he does not have any personal misunderstanding with Amaechi, insisting that their personal differences were in the interest of the party.
It is not a personal dispute between me and the former governor and minister of transport. What I’m saying is that as members of the party, we have our rights and entitlements and if those rights and entitlements are respected in the scheme of things, the party can move forward.
There is nowhere in the world where every politician in a political party must be a friend to every other politician before the party can run its business.
Abe disclosed that the supposedly “intractable” nature of the agitations in the party was as a result of the refusal of party leaders in the state to decamp even in the most trying times in the party.
According to Abe:
Part of what has made the crisis in Rivers State intractable is that we have simply refused to do what politicians do. Anytime you are in a party and you disagree with what is going on in the party, you simply pack your bags and move on to the next party,
Ameachi and Abe have reportedly been at loggerheads since 2019 as both leaders have constantly been in a battle of supremacy over the control of the Rivers APC.
It will be recalled that this leadership rift in the Rivers APC led to the disqualification of the party from the 2019 governorship election in the state.
Senator Abe and current governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike enjoy a cordial relationship in the state, despite their political differences, as against the conspicuous bad-blood between the governor and his predecessor, Ameachi.