Senator Magnus Abe has restated that it is the turn of the Ogonis in the Rivers South East to produce next governor of Rivers State.

Abe who was in Bera in the Gokana Local Government Area spoke against the backdrop of ongoing claims and counter claims that are associated with the build up to the governorship elections in the State in 2023.

The Senator remarked that the Ogoni claim to the gubernatorial seat is based on fairness, Justice and equity.

But he quickly explained that he was in therm race as a Rivers son and not as an Ogoni.

The gubernatorial aspirant told his host, the Gbenemene of Gokana, HRM King Festus Babari Bagia that he was on a mission.

That mission, he emphatically stated, is to succeed Governor Nyesom Wike on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

“Your Majesty, People have said several things”, the aspirant noted, “some making the argument that oh! you should be voted for, or you should be put in office because of where you come from, or it is the turn of your people and all that.

“If that is the qualification, I stand here and say if we follow interest of justice, fairness, equity and what is right between people who live together, it is the turn of Ogoni people.”

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He however explained that he was in the palace “because I’m from Ogoni”, he said he was running because he is a Rivers son.

“I am here because I have the experience, I am here because I have served the people of this state in various capacities and offices and I have never been found wanting”, Abe stressed.

Abe asserted this on Tuesday in Bera, Gokana Local Government Area where ).

Abe who served as a Senator for Rivers South East Senatorial District emphasized, “I want to offer you the opportunity to have a government that will serve you before it serves anybody else, I have no godfather to report to.

“I have nobody that will tell me what to do, what we are agreeing today is between me and the people of Rivers State and I promise that if you give me the opportunity, I will stand by this contract till the very end.”

Somehow, the coast is not clear despite the emergence of Tonye Cole as a potential candidate from what is obviously Amaechi’s camp.

Chris Finebone, Spokesman of the APC the other day threw a spanner in the works.

He denied that the party has adopted a candidate through a broad consensus arrangement.

So, what was all that noise about Cole?  That’s the question that is being asked.

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Finebine disclosed that Cole is rather a consensus candidate chosen from a pack of Riverine aspirants.

His remark was perhaps, like a soothing balm. But it was proof that all is not as well.

There is Magnus Abe who is insisting that he is an aspirant.

Abe has been joined by another aspirant whom many see as part of the Amaechi camp.

He is Tekena Iyagba.

Iyagba said he is still in the race, stressing that he neither stepped aside nor signed any document agreeing Cole should be a consensus candidate.

Iyagba’s team issued a statement  signed by its Spokesperson, Deborah Agbalama, “our governorship aspirant is still proceeding to canvass for votes” in respect of the  “upcoming APC Governorship Primaries.”

“We state that his ambition is borne out of the conviction that it’s time to distinguish politics from governance and make Rivers an urbanised and industrialised haven for residents and prospective investors.”