Senator Magnus Abe says the Rivers East Senatorial District has not enjoyed the opportunity of producing a governor since the creation of Rivers State.

Abe who made the remark on Arise Television said it was unfair and unjust to treat the people of such a district which includes the Ogoni with such levity.

There are three senatorial districts in Rivers State, the Rivers West, Rivers East and Rivers South-East Senatorial Districts, the Senator explained.

But he observed that only the Rivers South-East Senatorial District is yet to produce a governor.

“Ogonis are of course the majority in that senatorial district, which is where I come from and in our party the All Progressives Congress (APC), the last time we met as one united party, we zoned the governorship to Rivers South-East Senatorial District.

“Everybody knows that if you follow the rules of equity, justice and fairness, that should be the senatorial district to produce the next governor of the state.”

Continuing, the Senator who represented the Rivers East Senatorial District remarked, “I hate to play the ethnic card because when politicians do that, they take away from what should be the substance of the conversation, which is what our citizens, the voters are supposed to get from the political experience”.

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He however stated that since the creation of Rivers State in 1967, no Ogoni son or daughter has ever been a governor, deputy governor, Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly nor the Chief Judge.

Senator Abe expressed gratitude to Rivers people  for their kind financial contributions which has enabled him to purchase the ‘Expression of Intent and Nomination form’ for the gubernatorial ticket  on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in Rivers state.

Saying Rivers people are more interested in effective governance that will return power to the people, Abe noted, “I have already purchased my form to run for the primary election in our party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), and it will interest you to know that Rivers people from all across, contributed money to support me to get that form.

“Rivers people from every divide, every ethnic group, every political affiliation, every religious affiliation that you can think of, Muslims, Christians, people across the State. Some put in twenty thousand naira, some one million naira. They brought money to help me cross that barrier.

“I think that with that kind of background, the party members across the state have realized that I’m one of their surest best to be able to cross that bridge when we actually get there.”

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He revealed that there are a number of values that Rivers people want in anyone who wants to be a governor.

“They want a governor that will devote his time to attending to their own needs and their own challenges.

“They want a governor that understands their own problems that they face. You see like I was talking to our children the other day at the Rivers State University, when you are hungry in the school, nobody knows whether you are from Kalabari or Ogoni. When you don’t have a job nobody knows whether you are from Ekpeye or Andoni.

“When people try to promote sentiment over reality, they are trying to use those sentiments to blind you to the reality of your situation.

“The reality of our situation today in Rivers State is that we need to work together, we need to come together across political, ethnic privileges to be able to harness the vast and enormous economic potentials that Rivers State has. We need leaders that can bring that message of unity, that message of inclusion.

“We need leaders that are humble enough to understand that being a governor is just a job, you are hired by the people to do the job”, the Senator stressed.

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“I have the tract record to enable Rivers people believe that when I say that, that is what it will be. That’s why my candidacy is vibrating across the state not just within the APC but within the larger society, within all ethnic blocks and within groups in the state.

“I think that, this is the kind of message that Rivers people want to hear, they want a governor that will concentrate on the issues of Rivers State. A governor who understands that they are the reason this country was created and the reason why Rivers State exists.

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“They are the reason why the office of the governor was established in the first place and they want a governor that understands that it is all about them.

“I think that my track record in politics and my interaction with the people of Rivers State gives them that confidence that I am the man who can get that job done. I think that a lot of the members of the All Progressives Congress (APC), despite our differences realize that I have the best chance to actually deliver the governorship to the people of Rivers State”, Abe added.