Senator Magnus Ngei Abe, representing Rivers South East Senatorial District Saturday held a thanksgiving celebration of his electoral victory and that of other elected All Progressives Congress, APC, National and State Assembly members amidst encomium showered on him.
Speaking at the reception at the Polo club field in Port Harcourt, the wife of the President, Aisha Muhammadu Buhari, who was represented by Barrister Mary Ekpere Eta, the Director-General of the National Centre for Women Development, Abuja, described Senator Abe as a worthy ambassador of the party and congratulated him on his return to the 8th National Assembly.
In his own speech, the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, said that it was only the like of Senator Abe that will bring all senators from the geographical zones of the nation to be at this occasion.
On his part, the Minister of State for Agriculture, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, said Abe is a symbol of unity in Rivers state, judging from how he attracted people from all political affiliation including the Governor of Rivers state at the event.
“I testify before Rivers people that I was in the Senate for 8 years and within the 8 years, we had hundreds and hundreds of events and I never saw any Senator that can move the entire Senate to his state like what is happening where Magnus has been able to move the Senate of the federal republic of Nigeria to Port Harcourt”.
He saluted Abe for having a wonderful rapport with all his colleagues in the Senate and assured that members of the federal executive all support him.
“Magnus is special to all Ministers and we all have confidence in him”.
In his own remarks, the Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, who was represented by Senator Ita Enang, commended Senator Abe for his doggedness and commitment to Ogoni clean-up, assuring that the federal government is determined to collaborate with him to ensure the full implementation of the project and wished him well as a Senator of the federal republic of Nigeria.
Governor Nyesom Wike who was present at the occasion, said that Senator Abe was his colleague in the previous administration and that he shared common interest with Senator Abe on Rivers state, stating that it is only God that will determine who gets power in 2019.
He explained that everything was done to stop him from being the governor of Rivers state but God took pre-eminence and that even when himself tried to stop Senator Abe from being a Senator, God said otherwise.
The governor appealed to politicians in Rivers state to recognize that power belongs to God and the people, urging every political leader in the state to work for the interest of Rivers state.
He also appealed to the Senate President to consider the inclusion of Aba road re-construction in the budget.
In the same vein, the Senate President advised that power belongs to God and that no one politician should play god and said that Senator Abe has paid his dues, pointing out that if not for him, some persons could not have been a minister.
Also speaking in the same line, Senator Lokpobiri, stated that with the turn out the voice of men is the voice of God and whatever God has ordained for Abe, nobody can stop it, pointing out that Senator Abe is a unique politician.
In his response, Senator Abe acknowledged that it is only Rivers people that will determine who leads them not individuals.
“The future of Rivers state is our common destiny and heritage. It is Rivers people that will decide what will happen in Rivers state and it is what they say that will happen here that will happen”, he said.
In his own speech, the State party chairman, Chief Ibiamu Ikanya, said that APC in the state would provide a space for all aspirants without discrimination.
“APC is one family. People are allowed to aspire in APC. At the appropriate time when national will clear the processes for primaries, it is going to be very free and fair. So, don’t quarrel and fight, he said.”
Hon. Chidi Wiyiorka, the member representing Ikwerre/Emohua constituency in the federal House of Representatives, frowned at the action of the Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi, for organizing an event where APC is celebrating the electoral victory of its candidates.
“Any other rally is anti APC. They are supposed to be sanctioned and suspended. APC belongs to all of us. No one person can decide the fate of everybody”.
The behaviour of the Transportation Minister did not also escape the condemnation of the Senate President who said, ”thank God the State Party Chairman is here. There can be only one programme today in Rivers state. What is wrong is wrong. I must say, it is wrong. Let us work together”.
However, Senator Abe cautioned the State APC to avoid anything that would lead to crisis capable of affecting their electoral chances.
“It is important that for us in APC, we should cool down. If we continue to accelerate when we should be applying break, we will not end properly. There is a time to accelerate and a time to break. For Rivers APC, I believe the time has come for us to apply the break”.
He stated that he had invited the Minister of Transportation to the event but unfortunately, he went for another event in Bori, headquarters of Khana local government area.
Senator Abe, however, thanked the State Party Chairman for showing maturity.
He also thanked the wife of the President, the Senate President, Governor of Rivers State, Secretary to Government of the Federation(SGF), serving and past governors, Ministers, Senators, House of Reps members, Commissioners, traditional rulers, elders, chiefs and Rivers people for attending the event.